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The Very Hungry Caterpillar


There isn’t much plot or characterization here.  An egg hatches.  The resulting caterpillar eats (and eats), then builds a cocoon, nibbles his way out, and is a beautiful butterfly.  Simple.  But the book’s design (especially the holes) and unexpected food choices reliably caught the boys’ attention when they were toddlers.  (And I liked making the butterfly “fly” at the end by flapping the back cover.)

Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle