The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

The Facts

  • TITLE: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY: Eric Carle
  • PAGES: 17-ish (hard to count, some are half pages!)
  • ISBN: 9870399226908
  • Available on Amazon, here.

Initial Thoughts

Truthfully, my favorite books to read to Addison are ones that I myself read and enjoyed as a child. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic in my opinion. It is available in many forms now – I’ve seen it as a plush book, in a miniature version, as a simple hardcover and even in several different languages. The one we own and enjoy most is the board book version because it has some interesting page details like cutouts and mini pages that are really fun.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Super Speedy Summary

This short story follows the life of a growing caterpillar who begins as an egg. When he emerges from the egg he is very hungry. He starts to eat everything he can find, more and more each day. He remains fairly healthy (fruits only!) until Saturday where he eats several unhealthy foods and gets a stomachache. Luckily on Sunday he eats some leaves and feels much better. After that, he is ready to become a cocoon and eventually the story ends with the caterpillar emerging out of the cocoon as a huge beautiful butterfly!

Mama’s Musings

As I mentioned before, this was a book I adored as a kid and I feel I have brought that nostalgia through to my adult life. Not only is the artwork really a joy to look at and admire, I appreciate the message behind the story. The caterpillar is moving along his life, growing steadily and happily but then on Saturday when he eats all the junk food, he doesn’t feel so good. It’s not until he nourishes his body with something natural again that he feels better.

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How many times have you opted for fast food instead of a delicious and nutritious home cooked meal ? Did that quick fix end up impacting you later by making you feel horrible? Exactly what the caterpillar experienced!

This book emphasizes the value of healthy eating. Give your body the best, to feel your best!

This book is also useful in discussing the evolution of a butterfly – it’s a simple teaching tool to explain the transformation from egg, to caterpillar, to cocoon to butterfly. Because the board book is short and wide, the image of the butterfly is breathtaking – and it’s really fun to flap around!

Final Review

We give this book 5 stars and it deserves every one of them. It contains beautiful illustrations, it has plenty of intrigue with the different page sizes, and it is a true kid’s classic. This is one of those books  you can’t forget to add to your child’s bookshelf.

5 Stars

We can’t wait to share our next book with you on Thursday morning, bring your coffee or tea and maybe a tissue – it’s a good one!

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4 thoughts on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  1. Will says:

    Why do people think the caterpillar’s diet is fictional rather than scientifically accurate when he got sick from eating what caterpillars don’t eat, e.g. a pickle?
    However, when somebody said it was not meant to be factual, in reality, nourishing oneself with the right thing AFTER having faced the consequences of the wrong choice will not cure one of their ailment like in this story. That would be like a portrayal of somebody who smoked instead of a lollipop (which we are taught is a better choice), got emphysema, then had a lollipop that they were taught to choose in the first place and was better again-something that doesn’t work in reality. Therefore, maybe that was not the best way to teach making healthy choices because some quick fixes that have negative impact on us later cannot be reversed as I said above.

    • Sam says:

      Oh! What an interesting perspective Will. I absolutely agree with you – it kind of addresses the idea where people say they can “eat ice cream” because they “ate a salad” as if one cancels out the other – in terms of nutrition that is a complete falsehood! I think when I read this to my daughter from now on I will point out that definite logic flaw. Thank you for sharing this perspective!

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