The Very Hungry Catterpillar
It has been close to 5 months since I posted in the space of ‘Love for Books’. From this week, encouraged by the Write Tribe pro blogger challenge for posting twice a week, I resume blogging about the children books Dhruv and I read together.
The current favourite is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We have been reading this book night and day ever since this book arrived 1 month back. Oh…I did not realise we have been reading this book for so long.
It is a very attractive book with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its simple, hopeful story. Even I like to turn its pages again and again.
The story begins with an egg lying on a leaf. In the warmth of one Sunday morning the egg hatched and out came a tiny little caterpillar. Soon he started looking for food for he was very hungry. On different days of the week, beginning Monday he started eating various fruits until Saturday because no matter how much he ate he still remained hungry.
One apple on Monday
Two pears on Tuesday
Three plums on Wednesday
Four strawberries on Thursday
Five oranges on Friday
Saturday was a party day for our dear little caterpillar as Dhruv points out since he (the caterpillar) ate through one piece of chocolate cake, an ice cream, a slice of cheese, a lollipop, a slice of cherry pie and a cupcake along with a few more.
Next was a lesson Dhruv got that if you eat such things, which the caterpillar had on Saturday, all at one time you are likely to end up with a stomach ache just like the caterpillar.
On Sunday, the caterpillar ate through a nice green leaf and he felt much better.
After eating for the whole week, the tiny caterpillar became a big, fat caterpillar and he wove a coccon around himself. Staying inside for two weeks he pushed his way out out and he changed into a beautiful butterfly.
Dhruv is not all amused to see the beautiful butterfly spreading its colourful patterned wings on the last page for he is concerned about the caterpillar. He gives out a sad cry each time (its all his dramatization) saying ‘Where is my caterpillar, my tiny caterpillar?’
The learning from this book has been the names and the sequence of the days of the week and we practiced counting. It is fun for Dhruv pretending his finger to be the caterpillar and passing it through the holes in the book in the pictures of various foods which the caterpillar created while eating them.
I do not remember if a caterpillar has been a lovable living being ever prior to this lovely book.
A must read for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Image source: Google.
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