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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thanks to Laurie and Rebecca for providing the inspiration for this section!

The very hungry caterpillar

About the story:
In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's classic, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".  This book follows the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage - -until he is really fat and has a stomachache -- I bet you can guess what happens then!  The book has a great story and Eric Carle's wonderful collage-like artistry.

It is good for teaching nutrition, counting, science (stages of a butterfly) and the days of the week.

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Author website:  I found a website for Eric Carle the author/illustrator of this book.  Your children may enjoy a visit, especially to the Frequently Asked Questions section where Eric talks about everything from what his favorite color is to how he makes his pictures.  It's written in a very friendly "voice" that my 7 year old and I both found appealing.  It also has a shopping section.  I encourage people to buy on-line directly from the authors whenever feasible if they're planning to buy the author's books -- this provides them with a bit more profit margin and I figure if they took the time to build a website, they deserve a bit extra!

butterfly - the very hungry caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Felt Board Fun (or Puppets)

Age 2+

the very hungry caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Story Sequencing

Age 4+

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Simple coloring pages, on-line jigsaw puzzles, photos and information about the life of the monarch butterfly

coloring pages

Butterfly Coloring Pages
Fruit Coloring Pages
Leaf Coloring Pages

Simple coloring pages for many of the fruits and other items mentioned in the story.

butterfly crafts

Butterfly Crafts

crafts for various ages!

caterpillar crafts

Caterpillar Crafts

crafts for various ages!

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Food Crafts

Various Ages