The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By: Eric Carle
Picture and Story by Kimberly Griffis


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is an informative picture book with simple words and vibrant pictures, great for the beginning reader. The  author, Eric Carle, takes the reader from page to page on the stages a caterpillar goes through. Each page introduces the different days of the week, the life cycle of a butterfly, and types of food eaten by caterpillars.

The main character in the story goes on an adventure in a predictable sequence as the days of the week go by. Finally, the caterpillar finds himself satisfied and no longer hungry as he wraps himself into a spun cocoon.

This is a great book to use when practicing different colors as well as practicing the names of the days in a week. Another important lesson in the book is learning the stages a caterpillar goes through before becomming a caterpillar or moth.

Critical Thinking

1.    If you were a caterpillar, what would you like to eat?

2.   Has anyone ever seen a real caterpillar? What was it doing?

3.   Think about the different colors that the butterfly turned into, what colors of butterflies have you seen in real life?

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