Monday, May 31, 2021

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Art & Environment, Children, Early Childhood

Ed Hessler 

By now everyone knows that picture book author Eric Carle, died in May 2021, the 23rd. He was 91 years old.

The book most linked to him is The Very Hungry Caterpillar although he wrote some 70 books for kids.

I never knew this story about the stomachache scene in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here is a narrated animated film (6 m 47s). The colors are washed out as you can see from the Amazon link, so if the book is available in your home take a look. If you have a kid nearby include the youngster in the many pleasures of this book. In 221 words and a flurry of color, a captivating story is told.

If you would like to read more I recommend Neda Ulaby's remembrance of Eric Carle. Loving and lovely with some links to interviews Carle did with NPR, comments on his early life, observations about the book by educators, and a note on his love of color (about the Impressionists he said: "Color, color, color!").

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