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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Read Aloud

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The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle was written in 1981. Since then parents have used this book to help children learn:

  • How to count from 1-7 – the days of the week.
  • What different foods and fruits are. Eg pears, ice cream etc.
  • How things in nature change.
  • What it is to overeat and how will that make you feel

We think that the book does this well and hope you leave a comment on how you use the book to help your child below.

The Very Hungry Catepillar By Eric Carle

In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and-pop! -out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

He started to look for some food.

On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.

On Tuesday he ate through two pears, but he was still hungry.

On Wednesday he ate through three plums, but he was still hungry.

On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry.

On Friday he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone,

One pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami,

One lollipop, one piece of cherry pie,

one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomachache!

The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf, and after that he felt much better.

Now he wasn’t hungry any more- and he wasn’t a little caterpillar any more.

He was a big, fat caterpillar.

He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks.

inside for more than two weeks.

Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and…

he was a beautiful butterfly!

The End

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Read Aloud Video

Questions To Help Kids Learn

We love this book and you might like to ask your child some of the following questions to help them get the most from the book.

  • On what day did the very hungry caterpillar eat two pears? (Two pear Tuesday)
  • What did the very hungry caterpillar eat with chocolate cake? (Ice cream)
  • What was the name of the very hungry caterpillars house? (It was a cocoon)
  • What did the very hungry caterpillar turn into at the end of the book? (A beautiful butterfly.)
  • Can you name the colours of the food?

So what do you think this book is trying to teach or what other ideas do you have for questions and conversations with your child? Please leave a comment below to discuss.

Next you may want to watch Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy Book Read Aloud

Of course the best way to experience the book is to touch, feel and smell the book.

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