Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin
If there is any children’s author who gives Dr. Seuss a run for his money in the fame department, it is Eric Carle, and if there is just one book that Eric Carle is known for, it is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After the tiny caterpillar hatches from his egg he is ravenously hungry, eating more and more each day, until he eats a ridiculous amount of food and gets a stomach ache. Soon enough, he eats a nice green leaf, creates a cocoon and, voila, butterfly!
We are big fans of Eric Carle in this house, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar in particular. In fact, Daniel’s whole room is decorated in Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric, put together by his fabulous Nana.
We actually hadn’t read this book for awhile, but I was really glad that I pulled it back out. Daniel is really into counting right now, and he had absolutely the very best time counting all of the foods that the caterpillar was eating. That is part of what makes The Very Hungry Caterpillar so timeless: no matter what developmental level, there is something in it for pretty much any young kid.
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