The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Miniature Edition

Hardcover | March 6, 1986

byEric Carle

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This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature's commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.

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This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell t...

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and s...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 3.88 × 5.1 × 0.25 inPublished:March 6, 1986Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399213015

ISBN - 13:9780399213014

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A lot of fun to read - the kids love it!!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic This story has survived the ages and still remains one of the best children's books out there. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is a classic children's story that has been read by many generations and will continue to be read by others.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic makes the perfect gift for any baby shower or young child
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic Simple, fun story with kids with beautiful illustrations
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful simple math book Great books to read with your child and count the fruit. Shows the life cycle of a caterpillar with beautiful artwork! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Very Hungry Caterpillar This is a classic story by Eric Carle that continues to appeal to generations. I have given several of these books as baby gifts and they are always appreciated and enjoyed. A must read aloud book, a read along book and a read by myself book!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a Classic so nice to have We were gifted this for our baby who is now 8 months old, he seems to love the way the pages are designed (with the layering tabs, holes, etc.) so the interest in it is there which is nice, fun story too. Definitely like this one more than the Brown Bear book. I like how he gets a tummy ache after eating all the junk food...haha too good, and then feels better after his healthy snack. Eventually there is the hope it will help teach good eating habits, we will see.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book It's a great classic.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very hungry kid's classic. learn to count. great addition to add to bookshelf
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Great colour graphics and a fun way to learn counting and the days of the week. A must have!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great story to read over and over again.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite through generations! I was so delighted that my children loved this book as much as I did from my childhood. Perfect for your toddler's library.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I loved reading this story as a child and now enjoyed reading it to my niece
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Classic story but this edition is quite small for little kids
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Classic I remember reading this as a child and loving it. When I read it to my kids, I love it just as much. Great book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for young ones! A must read to your little ones! Introduces the days of the week as well!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic that parties are often themed after Great colours, helps toddlers with numbers, counting, food vocabulary, etc. Adorable artwork.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! A great classic for every kids library!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Wonderful story and illustrations!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Awesome book! Illustrations are beautiful.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loves this book! She loves the colours and the holes on the pages. This is the first book she truly engaged with. It was also nice to share this with my daughter as it was one of my favourites when i was little.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun read I remember reading this book over and over again as a child. I bought the hardcover recently to add to my library, and I found myself reading it again. Such a fun story! And beautiful artwork
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great story, great illustrations. I remember reading it when I was younger and I'm glad a I found it again.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic this book is a classic! cant wait to read it to my kids
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! My son loves this book, and I enjoy reading it to him. The artwork is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be a favorite for years to come.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase #plum review my daughter loves this
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase my daughter loves this
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gift for a kid or expectant mother cute and easy story
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great book for all children. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Great book. Fun to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Such a classic book I read as a child and I now read to my daughter
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Classic Children's Book Simple. Makes sense for really young children. Could help for addition. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Great classic book. Fun to read.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Little book Love this little book and the illustrations really catch my sons eye.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of kiddies favorite books! My kids love to read this book over and over. Great retell kind of book and very cute.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic #plumreview Classic book. Kids at my dayhome love this book through and through. And board books are the way to go, so much more durable!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this classic! Love this book growing up. Love reading it to the kids.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This classic is a must have! Who doesn't love this book? It's such a classic, and my son loves it. The board books are great for age 3 and under!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic for good reason Fantastic book! Very interactive for my one year old who loves to turn pages and put a finger into each hole as we read what the caterpillar has been eating.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Very Hungry Caterpillar A classic book by Eric Carle. The colourful illustrations catch and hold the attention of very young children and toddlers. I have given many copies of this book as baby gifts which were enjoyed and shared repeatedly.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic I had this book when I was a kid, so I bought it for my daughter when she was a baby. She's 2 now and still loves it!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful and colorful story A must have for a very small child. My boys were able to say all the words along with me but they grew out of this story quickly.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing classic Beautiful colors and great story, the perfect addition to baby's first home library.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Amazing short read for infants, colorful and fun. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Ive been reading this book to my little guy since he was born and LOVE that he's now 3 and reads it back to me. Too cute!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a classic I ordered this for my son although I was hoping for the full book not the small size one, my kids still enjoy it
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic My 2 years old daughter loves it. Must read for kids.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Definitely a classic, can't go,wrong with this one
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from when in doubt you cant go wrong can never go wrong with this classic book. I love giftng this to children up to age 5
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Classic Story A wonderful classic that brings back wonderful childhood memories that are passed on to your little one! An essential book to your children's library!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic favorite My son loves this book, he likes to look through at all the pictures and it keeps his attention as we read.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic set! I remember loving this story as a child so every chance I get to purchase this for someone I will. Usually I would just get the book, but for a few dollars more this set is perfect with the little plushie.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic childrens book! Read as a child, and will for sure pass down to my children =)
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it it kept my little ones attention and loves to read along with his family.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic book but small. I bought this one for my 14 month old, remembering it was a classic from when I was a kid. I ordered the board book, so it would last longer and its easier for him to turn the pages by himself at this stage. I was a little disappointed to see how small the book was when I got it. I thought I was getting a big, normal size, board book but its tiny. I was considering returning it at 1st but my son seems to like it none the less, and its a good size for his hands, right now, but I still would have preferred to have had the bigger book. I think the size should be specified in the description, so we are aware.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Favourite We bought this book for our 3 year old grandson and 2 year old grandson. Not only do they enjoy the simple to read verse and colourful pictures, but we enjoy reading it to them. It is an excellent book for learning numbers and sequence. The size makes it an easy book to carry and hold in their little hands.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel Good Book - I want to carry with me everywhere. A mini version of a classic by Eric Carle. What a visual treat from start to finish. A week at a glance from Sunday to Sunday of the exploration of what a new caterpillar's life looks like in search of food. On its first day of life it eats a hole in a nutritious leaf. On the first day of the week: Monday, it eats through one apple; Tuesday, two pears; Saturday it really lets loose and eats everything in its path ending the day with a huge pain in its stomach; Sunday it returns to sensibility and eats through a nice green leaf again. I can't help but align it to how adults see food in combination of the days of the week and how the calendar of days can dictate what and how to eat! This book is ingeniously simple with several visual learning tools with simple language. A must addition to any young reader's collection. Oh yes and there is a beautiful visual surprise on the last two pages. I want this book for my purse.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very colourful My children enjoyed this as I am sure my first grandchild will.
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book and story prop Children in my day care love this story and take turns holding the caterpillar excellent product
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great classic story. My son loves to help count the fruit.
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Very nice book, my baby loves it.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Miniature Edition My son is a huge Eric Carle fan and I thought the book was perfect as a stocking stuffer. He thought it was neat to have the story in such a small book.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I really like the mini book. Disappointed that the wording in the mini book is so small. My grand daughter can barely see the print, so it has to be read to her. She is just starting to sound out words, but can't see them very well. Font could be bigger even though it is a mini book
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children's classic Another great story from Carle. His illustrations are always fantastic, but his stories can be erratic. This on is a dead-on hit. It is the brief story of a caterpillar's feeding frenzy before he makes his metamorphosis into a butterfly. The book introduces children to the days of the week, the names of fruits, and numbers as the caterpillar eats through different foods each day --two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, etc.-- until he finally weaves his cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly. This story is a hit every time. Carle's bright colors and clever die-cut artwork never cease to entertain even the youngest child, and there is surely nothing in nature closer to magic than the emergence of a butterfly. This is a beautiful and fun book that will enthrall any child.
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a Must Have for Kids Great book. Read more here: http://wellreadchild.blogspot.com/2007/11/very-hungry-caterpillar-overview.html
Date published: 2007-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than what Jim says Contrary to a users review, I find this book excellent for little kids. the illustrations are simple, and its an easy read for their level. They'll be sure to remember it later in life.
Date published: 2006-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love it I understand how some people may think the illustrations are less than stellar, but they are bright and bold & captivate children. I read the book to my daughter, now 7 1/2 months old every day and when I say, "A beautiful butterfly!" She smiles & laughs - she understands the expression in my voice. This book is a great story for children because they enjoy it very much!
Date published: 2006-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good concept This is a good book to introduce the concept of life cycles to children.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BAD Why is this preschoolers book considered GOOD? The illustrations are something a mildly skilled person could do at home and the story is MORONIC!
Date published: 2006-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfully engaging I am 31 and have fond memories of my mother reading this book to me as a child. Now I am reading to my own 2 year old daughter and she adores it. It is without a doubt her favourite book. The copy we have was bought by my mother and shipped from England. I had no idea Eric Carle was so prolific. They are simply delightful with truly engaging stories and visuals. I never tire of reading them aloud.
Date published: 2005-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caterpillar Fun An Excellent early teaching tool...no better way to introduce science and nature to children under the age of three. Color creates a desire to explore the pages.
Date published: 2004-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A most excellent book! The very hungry caterpillar is a great spring children's book. I enjoyed the fact that without too much intense reading, the author has taught the children about the life of a caterpillar/butterfly. It has beautifully illustrated pictures of the story, in bold colours. The story itself is very easy for younger children with short attention spans to follow. I find the book gets children involved with the story. Because the wording is repetitive, after very few readings I found the children I was reading this book to, repeating the story with me. The foods that the author uses are very familiar to children too, and the children love to count the brightly coloured pictures. The book was very appealing to me as a new adoptive parent, and I can't wait to read more of this author's work, especially in this series. I know other parents will feel the same after they've read it to their children.
Date published: 2001-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Buy This is a great book. It is fun and creative. Kids will love the story. It teaches kids how caterpillars turn into butterflies. This lesson is taught through a creative and interesting story. Great for teachers too to teach about the life cycles of animals. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2001-03-09