My absolute favorite Eric Carle book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is probably due to nostalgia. I can remember reading this book in preschool and I remember all the art activities we did with the book. And I’m not even kidding when I say I still have one of the art projects!

I remember clearly how in awe I was of the die cut holes and the cascading pages. I also thought I was the COOLEST in the first grade when we studied caterpillars turning into butterflies and I already knew it because of this book.

In case you have no idea what this book is about, check out my synopsis below.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
This book is a simple story about a caterpillar who eats through multiple pieces of fruit and several goodies before forming a cocoon and becoming a butterfly.
This book also takes the opportunity to teach days of the week as well as counting/number sense because the caterpillar is eating 1 apple on Monday, 2 pears on Tuesday, 3 plums on Wednesday, etc.

Teacher Tip

As you read this book, give your Lil’ the opportunity to “fill in the blanks.” When you get to the fruit, ask them to name or identify the fruit. This gives them a sense of ownership in the story and they begin to learn that they can “read” the story too.

You can also count each piece of fruit after you read the page.

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