Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy 45th Anniversary to the Very Hungry Caterpillar!



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When I think of some the classic books that every child must read, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one that is at the top of my list!


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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. 


What is the best way to celebrate???  The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20).  On this day, how about sharing this wonderful tale with a friend???  Go to the official website for resources like videos, activity sheets, and computer “stuff” to help you celebrate in your classroom or with little ones at home.  Or, to make it easier, Penguin Kids and Eric Carle have given me a Very Hungry Caterpillar Day prize pack to giveaway to one lucky winner…Whoo hoo! 


 


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Good luck to all who enter!  Don’t forget to share with a friend!
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15 comments:

  1. GFC follower of this blog- Jamie Brigham

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  2. I'll celebrate it with my almost 4 year old and my hubby (hopefully)

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  3. I will celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with my 2 daughters, ages 3 and 5, my nephew, age 2 1/2 and my just recently born niece and nephew. My new niece is 1 week old and my nephew is 1 month old. Everyone is coming over with their favorite Eric Carle book and we're reading them together and watching Eric Carle Videos. Can't wait. I am a huge Eric Carle Fan. (thedishonparenting@gmail.com)

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  4. Totally Awesome! I love this book! Thanks for the celebratory resource!

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  5. With my 4 year old son - he loves this book when we get it from the library.

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  6. I plan on checking out some local library events on that day with my sons!

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  7. i would be celebrating with my 3 boys

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  8. I'll celebrate with my two daughters!

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    Thanks for sharing!
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