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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Part of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar Series

eBooks of the Month The Evergreens

LoveReading View on The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One of Sue Perkins' favourite books.

This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when first published over 40 years ago. Its vivid and colourful illustrations and cut back and die-cut pages together with some very simple text provide a wonderful story that is immensely satisfying for parents and child alike. It’s a book that’s more threadbare than most in the nursery in my house.


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Synopsis

This is the classic edition of the bestselling story written for the very young. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Press Reviews

Every child should experience this wonderful, cumulative story, with its brightly coloured pictures of the tiny but greedy caterpillar that eats his way through one apple, two plums and three pears before turning into a beautiful butterfly. The board version stands up well to the inevitable poking of little fingers through the holes in the pages. (2-4 yrs) (Kirkus UK).

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ISBN: 9780140569322
Publication date: 28/11/2002
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140569322
Publication date: 28th November 2002
Author: Eric Carle
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 28 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Evergreens,
Categories: Picture books, Animal stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Eric Carle

Eric Carle has written and illustrated dozens of books for young children, the most famous being 1969's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in New York but raised in Germany, Carle returned to the United States in 1952 and began working in graphics arts, first for the New York Times and then at a New York advertising agency. The first book he illustrated, written by Bill Martin, Jr., was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967). Carle then wrote and illustrated 1, 2, 3 To The Zoo (1968), and has been publishing children's books ever since. His distinctive collage-illustration has made his books instantly recognizable, ...

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