About this book

Title: The very hungry caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Publisher: Macmillan
Recommended age: 2-6 years

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What is this book great for?

  • Reviewing food
  • Learning the life cycle of a butterfly
  • Reviewing animals, specially bugs
  • Working on the natural environment


In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. That is the start of this wonderful book where a newborn caterpillar will eat its way through every page. He eats many different kinds of food and eventually that causes him a stomach ache. Then, he will build a coccoon around himself and push his way out.. This time, as a beautiful butterfly.

A fantastic choice to work on food and the life cycle of a butterfly. Illustrations are one of the most appealing features of this classic story, essential in every child’s bookshelf.


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Teaching activities

CLASSROOM DISPLAY BUNTING- What better way to prepare our children for a new story than adding some decoration to our reading corner? Cut and set this bunting in your classroom or at your child’s bedroom to make the storytelling experience unforgettable.
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MY CATERPILLAR NAME- The very hungry caterpillar can help us learning how to write our names while improving fine motor skills in a very simple way. Start by cutting the head and write each letter of your name in a green circle, then cut and join every body part of the caterpillar. The longer your name, the longer your bug friend will be!
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THE CATERPILLAR’S FOOD- Since the caterpillar was very hungry, he ate quite a lot of food. Do you remember everything he went through? In this worksheet you will have to circle what he ate and cross out what he didn’t.
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COUNTING FOOD- Time to review the story again and count how many oranges, pears, strawberries and slices of watermelon our green friend ate. Write the number inside the square. This activity will help our kids enhancing their numeracy.
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FOOD WRITING SKILLS- It is time to practise our writing with the help of some healthy fruits. First, trace the dotted words and then write them below. Print out these cards, laminate them and practise as many times as you wish.
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CUT OUTS FOR STORYTELLING- Using good props for your storytelling is something very important to catch the attention of your students. For my storytelling I used these great cut outs from Twinkl Resources. A fantastic set for your story! You can find them at their fabulous website www.twinklresources.co.uk

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