The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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 still hungry.

    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!

Critical Thinking Questions

1.  If you were the caterpillar, what would you want to eat first? Why?
2. If you could pick what you wanted to be, instead of a butterfly, what you be? Why?

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