This book was released on the 3rd of June, 1969 and has been a favourite with every generation ever since – that’s 48 years and still going strong.
We generally accept it for what it is and I wonder if it would get published in the same format today. There is a big push for scientific perfection and this story has been criticised for the use of the word cocoon (which is theoretically incorrect) over chrysalis – the proper name for a butterfly pupa. I guess you could also criticise it for all that human food which caterpillars would never eat – but which employs such fun !!
But anyway, this book is such a favourite and who would have thought that there would be so much merchandise and so many associated activities to do at kinder and school. I’m a fan! Here is a gorgeous reading of the story by Eric Carle himself – who will turn 88 by the end of the month: