Parents' Guide to

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Maria Strom, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Funny, colorful look at caterpillar's development.

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age 2+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 2+

Educational value

I highly recommend this book to all the parents and early educators to read this book at less once to your child. I promise you will get your child attention for this book. I am a mother of three children and I work in a pre-school and from my personal experience the children love this book
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (17):

Eric Carle takes the concept of metamorphosis and presents it in a fun, colorful way that young children can understand. He draws his audience in with an adorable caterpillar that eats everything, including cupcakes and lollipops. What kid can't relate to the caterpillar's plight: indulging in favorite foods and getting a stomachache?

Carle's unique mixed-media collages burst from the pages with broad brushstrokes and bright colors. The vivid butterfly spans two pages: Purple, blue, red, green, and yellow make up his richly textured wings. The caterpillar's friendly expression adds to the book's overall warmth and charm. A counting lesson is also included, as the foods are presented in number sets (one apple, two pears ... up to five oranges). The holes in the foods that the caterpillar has munched on draw little fingers into them, adding another kid-appealing dimension to this well-thought-out book.

Book Details

  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Illustrator: Eric Carle
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1970
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 2 - 4
  • Number of pages: 30
  • Last updated: August 2, 2021

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