The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

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Book Summary

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.The beginning reader may watch a hungey caterpillar eat his way to the cocoon stage, when he hibernates for two weeks to emerge as a beautiful butterfly

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Philomel Books

Copyright © 1981 Eric Carle
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0399208534

Chapter One

In the lightof the moona little egglay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and-pop!-out of the eggcame a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

He started to look for some food.

On Mondayhe ate throughone apple.But he was stillhungry.

He started to look for some food.

On Tuesdayhe ate throughtwo pears,but he wasstill hungry.

He started to look for some food.

On Wednesdayhe ate throughthree plums,but he was stillhungry.

He started to look for some food.

On Thursdayhe ate throughfour strawberries,but he was stillhungry.

On Fridayhe ate throughfive oranges,but he was stillhungry.

On Saturdayhe ate throughone piece ofchocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami,one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomachache!

The next day was Sunday again.The caterpillar ate throughone nice green leaf,and after that he feltmuch better.

Now he wasn't hungry any more-and he wasn't a little caterpillar any more.He was a big, fat caterpillar.

He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside formore than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and ...

he was a beautiful butterfly!

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