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Ratings and reviews for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Ratings and reviews for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Price: $10.99 $6.61 (33% off)
Author(s): Eric Carle, National Geographic Learning
Release Date: 3/23/1994
Binding: Board book
Number of Pages: 26
Studio: Philomel Books
Manufacturer: Philomel Books
Product Group: Book
Edition: 1
Sales Rank: 34
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?

Including a special feature, dye cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience. 

"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

ISBN: 0399226907
UPC: 0399226907

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amazon logo Perfect spring reading!
This is one of my all-time favorite children's books. One sunny day, a caterpillar pops out of an egg. He is very hungry and begins searching for food. Now, many of Eric Carle's books have gimmicks--the tactile web in THE VERY BUSY SPIDER and the chirping in THE VERY QUIET CRICKET, for example. The gimmick in this book is that the caterpillar eats holes through all the food, holes that are actually punched into the pages of the book. It's a good gimmick, actually. Also, many of Carle's books teach conventions--telling time in THE VERY GROUCHY LADYBUG and animal sounds in THE VERY BUSY SPIDER, for example. This one teaches the days of the week. On Monday, the caterpillar eats this, on Tuesday he eats that, and so forth. Very cute. Eventually, he becomes a fat caterpillar. He then spins himself a cocoon, where he rests for two weeks. And when he emerges...well, you can guess the results. It's a wonderful story. Best of all, the text is very simple as are the illustrations, so the book will appeal to toddlers as well as the pre-K and kindergarten crowd. In fact, it may appeal more to toddlers, because the story is so very simple. I know I read it as a kindergartener. I loved the holes but found the story rather boring. I read it to my two-year-old this spring, however, and he went nuts over it. The days of the week were lost on him, but he was fascinated by the caterpillar turning into a butterfly--he had no idea! Can't tell you how many times we read it. We also re-enacted it, crawling on the floor and eating, spinning ourselves into cocoons, and popping out with fluttery wings. In fact, he was so taken with the caterpillar-to-butterfly phenomenon that I ordered some caterpillars (I used "Insect Lore"--they are on-line--but I'm sure there are lots of other places to get them). We read THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR at each stage of their development and then right before we released them as butterflies. It was the highlight of our spring.
143 of 148 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Stunning.
This book has to be one of the greatest sagas ever told, the story of a caterpillar who eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. I think it's a story we can all relate to.

I'm going to give it one star anyway because I just stubbed my toe really hard and damn it, I blame this book.

27 of 125 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A fun, witty, classic tale.
We have this book in a small and large size together with anEric Carle videotape that has the story. A young caterpillar is bornand begins to eat his way through the world and through many foods that you child will be able to identify. These foods are eaten on each of the seven days of the week, an added bonus, as your child begins to learn that Sunday is a different day that Monday. The caterpillar gets very fat. He builds a cocoon and then emerges a large beautiful butterfly. My 3 year old does not tire of this story. He learns about nature, food and the days of the week in one absolutely stunningly illustrated book. You can't get much better than this for young children. If you have young children, or if you are looking for a gift for a 4 year old and younger child, this book is highly, highly recommended. Enjoy.
94 of 100 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Rubbish
This book has seriously hindered my son's development. After reading the book to him religiously before bedtime, he now believes himself to be just like the caterpillar. He claims to be very hungry all the time. He is constantly eating, and is becoming noticeably heavier. Unfortunately in his case I don't believe that he will turn into a beautiful butterfly at the end!
4 of 80 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Hungry caterpillar
A beautifully illustrated book based on poor scientific knowledge. Butterflies do not come from cocoons - moths do. When butterfly caterpillars pupate, they do not spin silk to make a cocoon. If you want your child to learn inaccurate science, use this book with them.
15 of 62 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Not accurate information
At the preschool I work at, VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR was read during "butterfly week". As a butterfly gardener, and someone who raises caterpillars indoors and releases the butterflies once they've emerged, I was very dissapointed by this book. The real facts of the life cycle of the butterfly are fascinating for any child, but the author chose to write a fictional book on how much caterpillars eat, including all sorts of human foods. Also butterflies do not spin cocoons--moths do. The preschoolers learned very little from this book.
11 of 47 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Not good for 22 month olds
My son loved this book and so did we, until he was left alone with it. Then he decided to pull it apart. Now, it's in the garbage.
0 of 43 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Miniature edition...for hobbits? (Micro edition is more like it)
Don't get me wrong. I LOVED this book as a child, so I couldn't wait to get a copy for my kid. I was in such a hurry that I didn't realize what this publisher (or Amazon) calls MINIATURE EDITION must actually mean miniature edition for hobbits. The text in this book is so small, that I'm afraid it will hurt my child's eyes. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I hate this edition of the book because it's ridiculously small. I mean, it's that revolting.

You might not mind this size, but I heavily recommend checking it out before you purchase. There a much better sizes at Target that actually look like a miniature size for humans, as opposed to this pocket sized edition. This book does not include how the very hungry caterpillar ate a small hole in my wallet either, go figure.
38 of 41 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Never received
I remember loving this book as a child, so I was so excited to order it for my kindergarten class. Unfortunately, I purchased the book and never received it. Be careful what you order!
1 of 36 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo The plot's too simplistic
With "a Very Hungry Caterpillar", I was expecting something alot more grand given all the raving reviews and positive aggregate.
What I got instead was a book that failed to satisfy any of the senses or tastes of the refined individual.
The plot was much too simplistic, and offered nothing to those looking forward to a daring plot on metamorphic themes and evolution between various stages of life. instead, the writing style was atrocious, most likely to appeal to a sophomoric audience, and the novel began as soon as it ended.

As far as the illustrations, they seem to be little more than paper mache and have no real skill or artistic merit. I have seen better drawings from a child, and drawings that carried more of a better synthesis between plot and picture.

If you are a more mature reader and are actually looking for a decent work of fiction, I highly recommend Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis.

14 of 26 people found this review helpful.

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