A very hungry caterpillar story

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a very hungry caterpillar story

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Former president George W. Bush named this his favorite book from childhood (it came out when he was 23 ... but perhaps he meant his kids childhood). In any event its one of my favorites from my childhood, and from reading to my own kids. Was it the first to put holes through its pages? Probably not, but it worked very well. Kids like sticking their fingers in things - genius!

Anyhow - this is one HUNGRY caterpillar! He puts a hole through everything be it a slice of watermelon (or wacca menon as my daughter first said it), ice cream cone, or sausage.

It is in fact one of the bestselling books in the history of literature!



So what does this epic teach us?

1/ Everything in moderation. Our caterpillar just sticks a single hole in each food item - he aint that sort of greedy, hell leave some for others.

2/ Try new things. Our caterpillar aint picky, hell try anything once, even gherkin!

3/ Eat healthy to avoid stomach ache. A nice green leaf will sort you out.

4/ Change is good. Straighten up and fly right and you too could become a beautiful butterfly and... um ... fly, right!

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Very Hungry Caterpillar still being devoured 50 years on

Eric Carle was born in the United States in but spent his boyhood in Germany. At that time, the repressive Nazi regime forbade creating or displaying modern, expressionistic or abstract art, which they called "degenerate. The Nazis have no idea what art is; they are charlatans! Now Eric says, "My green lion, polka-dotted donkey and other animals painted in the 'wrong' colors were really born that day seventy years ago. Franz Marc was born in Germany in He loved to paint animals in bright and unusual colors.

Its popularity in the West is comparable to that of Harry Potter. Ever since it appeared on Russian bookshelves, it has instantly won the hearts of little ones and their parents. One day, lost in thought, an artist by the name of Eric Carle—by then already a well-known graphic designer—found himself holding a hole-puncher. He started punching holes in a sheet of paper that happened to be there. Those little holes, arranged in a row, called to mind the traces of life of a small creature, as though someone had gnawed through the paper here and there. Who could it be?

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We use cookies to improve our service for you. You can find more information in our data protection declaration. One of the world's best loved children's books tells of a ravenous caterpillar that eats his way through cheese, chocolate cake and more! A German museum honors the now year-old Carle's colorful original collage work. Having sold more than 50 million copies, Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a mainstay in children's libraries.


  1. Robert D. says:

    What do you do to take care of yourself what is one thousand years

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