The Very Hungry Caterpillar – 50th Anniversary


Here is a lovely post from Jennie about a wonderful children’s book.

A Teacher's Reflections

Fifty years.  That’s a very long time.  For a book to still be alive, vibrant, and read all over the world – fifty years later – is astounding.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, with a golden book jacket.

The caterpillar in the story wasn’t always a caterpillar.  Initially it was a worm, and the book was titled A Week With Willi the Worm.  

The editor wasn’t crazy about a worm.  When she suggested a caterpillar, Carle immediately said butterfly, and the story was born.  The favorite part of the book for children, also a nightmare for the publisher, is the five pages of fruit for each weekday – with a hole through the fruit.  Carle’s inspiration came from using a holepunch at work.

“On Monday he ate through one apple.  But he was still hungry.”
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