The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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:

One thought on “The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  1. Robyn Cullen says:

    This book continues to be read, and read to, successive generations of children who delight in the format and the visuals of food. It is also useful for teaching English to students from other countries – putting a smile on everyone’s face!


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