The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle
Publication Year: 1979
Brief Summary: In this classic, well-known book, the very hungry caterpillar eats through a variety of food. He forms a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1995 Winner Babies and Toddlers United States
- Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards, 2012 Shortlist Early Readers Australia
- SMART Book Award, 2003 Nominee United States
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 ; NEA Survey
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- Suggested Books for the Boys and Girls Club of America List, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Books to Grow On, 2003 ; ALSC American Library Association
- California Young Reader Medal, 1976; Nominee
- Texas Reading Club, 2004; Texas
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Have children make mini book of what the caterpillar ate in the 7 days. Label each day and food item.
- Make your own hungry caterpillar using thumbprints
- Review days of the week; counting: How many things does the caterpillar eat on Monday? Identify days of the week on the class calendar.
- What kind of food do you eat? Make a mini book like this one, but instead, use the title, “The Very Hungry [insert child name]”. On each page, write, “On [day of the week], I ate [number] [food name].”
- Science: Butterfly life cycle; pair this book with an informational book on butterfly life cycles. Have template of the life cycle with stages left blank and have students fill out. Or, have stages present and have children draw corresponding stages.
- Make caterpillar out of egg cartons; make butterflies using coffee filters and clothes pins, or other methods (e.g. kids can decorate butterfly template using crayons, dot paint markers, watercolor, stickers, melted crayon tips, etc.)
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Art – making mini book
- Science – butterfly life cycle
- Counting, days of the week
- Text-to-self connections
- Text-to-text connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Teaching plan at Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/very-hungry-caterpillar-teaching-plan
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