"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's modern classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too. A fun gift package for caterpillar fans. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson
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About the Author
EricCarle is an internationally bestselling and award-winningauthor/illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in NewYork, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States inhis early twenties and worked as a graphic designer for the New YorkTimes. He went on to be the art director of an advertising agencybefore he began writing and illustrating children's books. Eric livesin Massachusetts with his wife Barbara. The Carles opened The EricCarle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002.