The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

Published by Philomel


Publisher's Summary

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

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  • Age Range: 2-5
  • Pages: 28
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: October 15, 1981
  • ISBN: 0399208534
  • ISBN 13: 978-0399208539
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Readerly Mom

Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

It's a classic for a reason! This was the first book my first baby showed a clear preference for - I think it's something about the bright colors and big shapes on a plain white background. Regardless, it's one we read, have read, and will read over and over again!

author & illustrator

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than seventy books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr. He is also the creator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, to which all of the royalties from What's Your Favorite Color? go. His collaborators are some of the best known and beloved picture book illustrators of today and to whom special thanks is due.

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