Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry CaterpillarBook Review
3+ of 5 stars to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children’s picture book published in 1969 and written by Eric Carle. I am sure someone read this book to me as a very small child, but I know for certain that I had it on my shelf and looked through it around 10-years old. It’s a delight for all ages with the cute illustrations, the physical design of the book and the quirky personality of the caterpillar.

It’s a useful tool to teach young children how a caterpillar grows up, eats all the food around to get his/her nutrients, builds a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly. As a wonderful science exhibit and activity to grow your own butterflies, it can be a hands-on teaching experience too. Lovely memories and great things come from it.

It gained in popularity again when George Bush mentioned it in a speech or interview. It’s also got a few readers torn up in knots. You see, the caterpillar eats too much and gets ill and overweight, but emerges as a beautiful butterfly. People read into it, thinking kids will eat so much and become obese and sickly.

I’ll probably be hated for my next comment, but seriously? Relax. I don’t think reading this book as a child will lead to such dire consequences. Wanna know why? Because if you’re a parent or guardian, read it to your kid and explain the whole story… talk about the process of nature and metamorphosis. Discuss eating habits. Explain what real beauty is. Talk about what foods are good and what foods are bad. Show how when you eat too much, you can get sick. Teach balance. But don’t hate on a book because it seems to say “eat what you want and you’ll be beautiful even when you’re sick.” Oh, and read it with a child. Don’t just put it in his/her hands and shove them out of the way. Make it an interactive experience so the right goals of the book are understood and accomplished.

Yikes, my reviews are getting more “animated” without even using GIFs. Off to get some lunch. Perhaps a box of cookies… I think I just learned that lesson reading some reviews on Goodreads about this book. Yum!

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  1. Great review, James. This is one of my favorites and I have to agree with you as far as reading it with children. I love how after he eats the green leaf, he feels better. 🙂 Eric Carle has to be one of favorite children’s book authors. 🙂

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