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The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Hardcover]

Eric Carle
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Book Description

Jan. 17 2002

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

"The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..."
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"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
The New York Times Book Review

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"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 --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. Eric lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Muncha muncha muncha May 12 2004
Format:Hardcover
Through no fault of its own, this book is perhaps best known these days as the story President George W. Bush named as his "favorite book". Ignoring the fact that the Mr. Bush was born in 1946 and the book was published originally in 1969, it's a good idea to reexamine "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" on the basis of its own merits. It is the best known Eric Carle book by far and has remained a beloved text since the day it was conceived and published.

Here's the plot, inasmuch as there is one. A caterpillar (make that a very HUNGRY caterpillar) proceeds to eat his way through an amazing and amusing assortment of fruits, sweets, and (in time) leaves. After becoming quite a fat little fellow, the caterpillar makes a cocoon for himself and eventually emerges as a splendiferous butterfly. The end.

I'm going to ignore the fact that as a child I found this book a bit repetitive. We are told that children like to hear repeated phrases in books, and perhaps this is true. From what I can recall, however, this book bugged me with its continually repeated, "but he was still hungry"s. Looking at it now, though, it is a lovely little work. The caterpillar has far more expressions on his face than I initially remembered. When he's searching for food he has a somewhat bewildered look in his eyes. When he's eaten an amusingly large assortment of foods his eyes droop as he attempts to live through his own stomachache. Oddly, the time he looks the most distressed is after he has turned into a beautiful butterfly. Now his face is contorted in such a way that his drooping eyes and open mouth make him look as if he is crooning a sentimental sad ballad to the viewer.

To be frank, I'm not the biggest Carle fan in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming � Eat Your Way Through An Afternoon! Sept. 27 2003
Format:Paperback
Story Synopsis:
- A caterpillar eats his way through different foods until he is full and weaves a cocoon transforming into a beautiful butterfly. Charming colorful illustrations of foods along with the fat caterpillar and catchy little holes in the foods where the caterpillar "had his snack" make this book a hit with young children.
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- Eric Carle's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has charmed millions over the years with it's simple memorable story, striking illustrations and the gimmicky holes on each of its' pages. To date, more than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and mini editions. This beloved tale of science and gluttony has also been translated into 20 languages and counting. Die-cut pages (each page has a hole where the "caterpillar" ate through the food item) illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's culinary progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he weaves a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep, to emerge a few weeks later as a wonderfully transformed and beautiful butterfly! The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature. This story is a hit every time. Carle's bright colors and clever die-cut artwork never cease to entertain even the youngest child, and there is surely nothing in nature closer to magic than the emergence of a butterfly. This is a beautiful, educational and fun book.
Literary Features For Young Readers:
- Simple words appropriate to pre-readers, younger children and ELLs (English Language Learners).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming � Eat Your Way Through An Afternoon! Sept. 27 2003
Format:Board book
Story Synopsis:
- A caterpillar eats his way through different foods until he is full and weaves a cocoon transforming into a beautiful butterfly. Charming colorful illustrations of foods along with the fat caterpillar and catchy little holes in the foods where the caterpillar "had his snack" make this book a hit with young children.
Review:
- Eric Carle's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has charmed millions over the years with it's simple memorable story, striking illustrations and the gimmicky holes on each of its' pages. To date, more than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and mini editions. This beloved tale of science and gluttony has also been translated into 20 languages and counting. Die-cut pages (each page has a hole where the "caterpillar" ate through the food item) illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's culinary progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he weaves a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep, to emerge a few weeks later as a wonderfully transformed and beautiful butterfly! The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature. This story is a hit every time. Carle's bright colors and clever die-cut artwork never cease to entertain even the youngest child, and there is surely nothing in nature closer to magic than the emergence of a butterfly. This is a beautiful, educational and fun book.
Literary Features For Young Readers:
- Simple words appropriate to pre-readers, younger children and ELLs (English Language Learners).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite books!
Published 1 month ago by fleetfoxe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Krett
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes in good fun for baby
My ten month old loves putting his pointer finger in the small holes left by the caterpillar. So cute to watch him.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great favourite!
Highly recommend this for any child under the age of three. A lovely story that children will enjoy again and again!
Published 3 months ago by Kirstine Mullin
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic book. smaller than I expected
You can't go wring with this story. It has been and will continue to be loved by kids and adults. The only issues I have with this book is that it was smaller than I expected. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!
This is a childhood favourite. I still have my original copy so I decided to get my boys their own!
Published 4 months ago by Lucie Cirone
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but didn't realize the size
Great gift and classic book for all children, but I was intending on purchasing the large version and nowhere did I find the dimensions or realize this was a mini size. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JB Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Love sharing this with my little one, he loves looking at what little caterpillar eats through and seeing how fat he gets!
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly McKenzie
2.0 out of 5 stars was sent only the small book instead of the large board book
I'm disappointed that I received only the small version of this board when it was the same cost as the larger Brown Bear Brown Bear Book. Why was I sent only the small version?
Published 5 months ago by Helen Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars I need this book in Polish and can't find it
When my children were small we had this book 3 versions in Norwegian, English and french. Now I need it in Polish for my grandson and can't find it, although I have found evidence... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annerowlands
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