Author: Eric Carle
Page designed by Sarah Simpson
One night, the moon overlooked trees.
On the leaf on one of those trees lied one little egg. The
following Sunday morning, there was a loud - POP!- and out of the egg crawled
a very small and hungry caterpillar.
The caterpillar search for
some food and found an apple on Monday. He was so hungry, he ate
right through it. Tuesday he ate through two pears that he found,
but he was still hungry. On Wednesday, he ate through three
plums, yet he was still very hungry. Thursday came and the
caterpillar ate through four whole strawberries. This still did
not satisfy his appetite, so on Friday he ate through five
oranges. The oranges were no help, because the caterpillar was
On Saturday the
caterpillar was so hungry he decided to eat through one piece of
chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, once slice of swiss
cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one
sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. Finally the
caterpillar was so full, he has a stomachache.
When Sunday came,
the caterpillar was still not feeling well, so he decided to eat
through one big green leaf. He felt much better. However,
now he was not a small caterpillar. He was a very, very, very big
caterpillar. The caterpillar built a home around himself called a
cocoon. He stayed there for two weeks. Then one day he
pushed himself out and he was a beautiful butterfly!
1. If you were the
caterpillar, what would you want to eat first?
2. If you could pick what you wanted
to be, instead of a butterfly,
what you be? Why?