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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle !45th Anniversary!


For forty-five years now, this delightful, colorful, teaching book has been available to us!  Young and old!  Mr. Carle artfully created the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.  We watch an egg become a caterpillar, eating its way through a variety of foods each day of the week until it is time to build its cocoon.  The pages are only a partial piece of paper in the beginning with a hole punched in them.  As the book progresses, the pages increase in size along with the caterpillar, still with a hole punched in each page.   The finale is the transformation of this cute and well-know caterpillar into a gorgeous butterfly.

The colors are bright; the pictures are bold.  The art is very Mr. Carle.  He has a most certain style and we celebrate 45 years of just this one book…one book of over seventy that Eric Carle has illustrated, authoring many himself.   Collage is his favorite method for creating the characters and the backgrounds in all of his books.

This book, originally published in 1969, has been translated into more than 62 languages now and has sold over 41 million copies.  It comes in every type of book.  There are puppets, caterpillar toys.  There is a book with a handle and the caterpillar.  My, oh my!  Choose the way you want this fun book!

Reading Level:  3 – 5 Years


Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929.  In 1935, his parents returned to their home of Germany where Mr. Carle was educated.  He attended a prestigious art school in Stuttgart, Germany, Akademie der bilenden Künste.  He dreamed of returning to America and, in 1952, he did.  He worked for the promotion department of The New York Times and then became the art director of an advertising agency.

Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad done by Eric Carle and called to see if he would illustrate a children’s book he had written.  This collaboration is known to the world today as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”  His world changed.  He began writing and illustrating his own children’s books.


  •  American Institute of Graphic Arts Award in 1970
  •  Selection du Grand Prix des Treize in France in 1972
  •  Nakamori Reader’s Prize in Japan in 1975
  •  The New York Times one of  “Ten Best Picture Books of the Year” in 1969
  •  National Education Association’s #1 of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”
  •  and many more

“Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter.  He divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.”  **


He and his wife, Bobbi, dreamed of and built The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.  They “were interested in developing enthusiasts for the art of picture books and in encouraging the habit of museum going in our younger visitors. Children’s picture book art is the introduction to art for young people, and we wanted to show the highest examples of that art to demonstrate the beauty, the seriousness and the fun of it. We wanted to create a museum that exhibits the work of national and international picture book artists.”  **  PLUS…his museum site has activities and games, resources, and so much more.

You can also find him at his own website and blog here –

If you love to read Eric Carle’s books with your children and want activities to go along with them, I suggest doing a search for “activities Eric Carle” (or a few other similar words).  There is a plethora of creative activities to go with each of his books amassed on the internet for your perusal and use.

Book Information:

ISBN-13: 9780399208539

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication date: 10/28/1981

Pages: 32

Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)



**  information from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art


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I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

15 thoughts on “THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle !45th Anniversary!

  1. One of my all time fave children’s books. I think it’s pretty cool that it has been around for 45 years. Shows that is a classic! 🙂


  2. Wonderful post. I’m going to share on Facebook. I love this book & all of Carle’s work. He has a new one out just recently! I’d love to visit the museum. Thanks for all the background, too.


    1. Yes, Linda, I love his work too. I have the new one in my to write the review ASAP. “The Nonsense Show” is really silly and fun.


  3. Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr are an unbeatable combination of picture books that entice students into the world of literacy. I have a half completed quilt made out of Brown Bear fabrics. I’m waiting for a grandchild before I get around to finishing it.


    1. Yes, they are a wonderful team. I was blessed to meet Mr. Martin when he came to Corpus Christi, TX for our annual book festival for the preschoolers from all around the city. Thousands of kids and free books and arts and crafts, usually two authors and one illustrator. He was here one year when I was a part of the committee that put on this affair. It was great!!!! He is such a neat storyteller with the kids, as you can imagine he would be.


    1. Oh, I know, Myra! How many times can we read these types of books to children who ask over and over to “Read again!” They never grow tired of them nor do we! Glad you came by!


  4. I love this book, and we read it often around here. I just saw that there’s a new Hungry Caterpillar Christmas book this year. That sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday this week!


  5. A classic that will ALWAYS be in print (I hope). I love Eric Carle’s art….how he used painted/watercolored paper to make collage illustrations. I’m sorry that I’m just now stopping by, but I didn’t get an email notification about your linking-up!


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