The classic children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my choice for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle Publisher: Scholastic Inc. 1969
Recommended Ages: 7 and under
Themes/Categories: insects, educational, nature
In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.
So starts this journey of the beginning of the life of a caterpillar as he makes or eats his way through the world around him. The clever formatting of the book will make it an instant hit with small children. The illustrative style of Eric Carle is fun and memorable. The use of learning ideas, such as counting, days of the week, as well as the metamorphosis of a butterfly makes this a fun learning resource.
The Eric Carle Museum has some fantastic learning resources! Online as well as workshops for those in the area.
Discovery Kids Shop has a cool butterfly habitat you can grow and observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Enchanted Learning has a page dedicated to the butterfly including activities and coloring pages to print.
kidsbutterfly.org has a whole website to learn about butterflies.
Animal Planet.com has a page dedicated to Butterflies and Moths at How Stuff Works. (This would be enjoyable for older children as well).
Scholastic.com has a video of Eric Carle creating his caterpillar.
Scholastic.com also has a lesson plan.
Why I like this book: I love the work of Eric Carle. It is brightly colored, which is always a plus with me, and it is engaging for the children. The simplicity of the text makes it easy for little ones to really understand and grasp what the book is saying. It is a great starter to a conversation and class about butterflies and their life span. This book was read many, many times at our house! Another great thing I found in my research is that it is also available in a pop up book . How fun!
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.