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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Very Books) [Hardcover]

By Eric Carle (Author)
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Item description for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Very Books) by Eric Carle...

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.The beginning reader may watch a hungey caterpillar eat his way to the cocoon stage, when he hibernates for two weeks to emerge as a beautiful butterfly

Publishers Description

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..."
--"Mother's Manual"
"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
--"The New York Times Book Review" Watch a Video

Awards and Recognitions
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Very Books) by Eric Carle has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • E.B. White Read Aloud Award - 2011 Winner - Picture Bk Hall of Fame category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Very Books) by Eric Carle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • People Weekly - 09/09/2013 page 49
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 608
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1994 page 17
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 638
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 578
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 834
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1246

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 12.02" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1983
Publisher   Philomel
Grade Level  Pre School  
Age  4-8
Series  Very Books  
ISBN  0399208534  
ISBN13  9780399208539  

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More About Eric Carle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Eric Carle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Picture Books
  2. World of Eric Carle

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Classic favorite  Jun 3, 2008
This book goes in and out of favor with my daughter, but the fact that at different stages she finds it engaging is what really makes this a great classic book. We started reading this to her at 3 months. She could follow along in the story and be engaged at 6 months. And even now at 18 months, she's saying the fruit names, putting her finger in the holes and paying attention to the story line. This is a MUST GET book for any child!
Good Book  Jun 2, 2008
This is a favorite of mine. We did a puppet show and the kids had a blast. They never get tired to listening to it and hearing about all the foods the caterpillar ate.
Nice book  May 29, 2008
It's a book full of fun. But the size might be too small for a little baby.
One of my son's favorite books to read  May 25, 2008
I recommend this book to everyone with a young child. My son loves to read it several times a day along with the soft caterpillar stuffed toy. It's great because it teaches children colors, numbers and simply explains the process of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

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