Picture Book Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Looking for your next read? Check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Anne A.

What do very hungry caterpillars eat? This children’s classic tells the story of caterpillar who eats all sorts of foods such as oranges, apples, and even chocolate cake. Afterwards he gets a stomach ache. Young readers can count along as he eats certain numbers of different fruits. After he eats nice green leaves, he feels better. Then he makes a cocoon and transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Children can learn a little bit about nature through Carle’s vivid pictures.

My son loves this book and can almost read it himself using the colorful pictures on each page. The repetitive wording is helpful for young children learning to read. Kids will love the large dazzling picture of a beautiful butterfly on the final page. Both parents and children will enjoy this silly but charming story, and they will have fun counting different foods that the caterpillar eats. The youngest children will get a kick out of holes in each page of the board book version. It is an excellent book to read as spring blossoms.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is available as an eBook on Overdrive. It’s also available as a read-along eBook on eReads Kids. Patrons can put the print copy on hold and pick it up at their local branch. Borrow this classic book today and see what a hungry caterpillar can eat!

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