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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle

We first meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar as he comes out of his egg. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is very, very hungry. He starts out eating fruit like plums and strawberries, but he's still hungry.  So, each day of the week he eats some more, including chocolate, sausage, salami and cherry pie. How do you think he feels after eating all of this junk food? You can count up just how much he ate! Pretty soon the Very Hungry Caterpillar is not so little anymore, and he builds a cocoon for himself. We see him when he comes out, a beautiful butterfly!

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Something to Do, Web Sites to Try, Other Good Books

Something To Do

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly.  You can make beautiful butterflies, too.

What you need:

Coffee filters--the conical kind that lie flat are best, or you could cut out some paper in the same
shape as a coffee filter
Markers or colored pencils or crayons
Wooden clothes pins
Optional: Magnetic strips (you can usually be these at craft or hardware stores)
Optional: pipe cleaners

What to do:

When you put the coffee filter flat on the table, can you see how it looks like a butterfly with wings?  Use the markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color the butterflies wings in bright and beautiful colors. When your butterfly looks good, clip the clothes pin in the middle of the butterfly.  The clothes pin should look like the butterfly's body and the filter should stick out on either side, like wings. Be creative.  You can decorate your butterfly in many different ways.  You can make it have sparkly wings with a little bit of glue and glitter.  You can create antennae by cutting pieces of pipe cleaner or thin strips of paper and gluing them near the top of the clothes pin. If you want, you can glue a magnet to the back of the clothes pin so you can hang the butterfly in your refrigerator.

Something Else to Do

You can find ideas for this and other Eric Carle books at The Caterpillar Exchange bulletin board at Eric Carle's web site.  This is where teachers, librarians and parents have suggested ideas.

Web Sites to Try

Putnam Berkley Coloring Book

This is a page by the company who publishes Eric Carle's books. At this page, you can find some Eric Carle pictures to print out and color, including some from the Very Hungry Cateripillar.  There are also some pictures from other authors on this page.

The Official Eric Carle Web Site

If you like Eric Carle's books and want to read more or know more about him, you should go to this page.  On this page, Eric Carle has a newsletter, and the answers to questions that people ask him the most often. His answers to those questions are very interesting. You can also read his biography--stuff about his life. You can see a list of all the Eric Carle books that have been written, and there are a lot!

Children's Butterfly Page

This page has lots of neat stuff.  It has pictures that you can print and color of a butterfly's life cycle as it goes from an egg to a butterfly. This page tells you how you can raise a caterpillar, just like the kids in the book From Moth to Butterfly do.  See below for a descripton of that book. There is a gallery of colorful butterfly pictures to look at and learn about. You'll find the answers to good questions like, "Do butterflies go to the bathroom?" This page is a great starting point for other butterfly pages on the web because it gives links to many different butterfly and moth sites.

Butterfly Badges

This is a great site for kids crafts.  I can't link you directly to the butterfly craft because the site uses frames, so you'll have to go to this site and then click on the Crafts link on the left side of the page, and then click on Butterfly Badges. Learn how to make butterfly pins out of pipe cleaners and a few other items.  Make lots of them in different colors to give to your friends and family.

10 Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

The Very Hungry Caterpillar did not feel very well after he ate all the junk food! This page gives you some tips on how you can feel your best.

Other Good Books

More books by Eric Carle

You can find the list of all the books that Eric Carle has written at the The Official Eric Carle Web Site that I mention above. However, there are several that have a similar theme to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Busy Spider
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Very Lonely Firefly

More books about caterpillars and butterflies

From Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Bari Weissman

"Today a caterpillar came to school in a jar," is how this book starts out.  We, along with all the kids in the story, watch as the caterpillar changes.We learn facts about butterflies. The pictures in the book are fun because they are sort of like cartoons. At the end of the book you can learn about a few different kinds of butterflies that you might see when you're outside.

Butterfly, by Mary Ling and Kim Taylor.

This books is part of a "See How They Grow" series.  This book shows real pictures of real caterpillars and butterflies. You can see each stage of a caterpillar's life in pictures. You can see it all the way from when it is wriggling out of its eggshell to when it has changed in a butterfly and is ready to fly away. Do you know how a caterpillar's colors protect it from being eaten? If you like this book, you should check out some of the other books in the series.  Some of the other animals in the series are puppies, rabbits, ducks, and owls.

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