Eric Carle’s book was published in1969 and became an instant classic. It still stands strong today as a book that must get into the hands of children worldwide—which is totally possible since it has been published in 55 languages!
I remember having The Very Hungry Caterpillar read to me when I was little bitty. I was drawn to the beautiful colors of the growing caterpillar and his meal of tasty foods. I was proud of the day when I could read it independently and could share it with my little sister.
This was the first book that I worked with when I got my first position as a kindergarten para-pro. A new generation of children still loved the book and the tale of the little caterpillar. I remember the children’s excitement as we created art projects of pizza and hot dogs and strawberries and ice cream based on the art in the book.
As teachers, we enjoy how it can be used across the school day. Of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perfect text to use when teaching young readers to sequence, predict, and use a variety of their reading skills. The students enjoy the science connections as the caterpillar ate and grew and changed. Teachers use the book for writing, math, and health lessons. You can do all of these things, and the book keeps the children engaged for all of them.
Not every book has so many fans for generations around the world. For this we need to celebrate the books 45 years of helping our children to grow to love learning.