Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Very Hungry Caterpillar Day!

Did you know that this wonderful story is turning 40 years old today? Google even redesigned its front page in its honor

If you want to see a video of Eric Carle talking about the book, go here, he even reads part of it! It's neat, you can watch him drawing. He also talks about his upbringing during the Nazi regime, and the lilt of his voice is so pleasant. What an amazing man - he's changed the picture book world, in my opinion. I remember when I met him at the National Book Festival and had him sign my own copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Such a kind man, he was the only author I wanted to wait in line for with my antsy two year old :)


This book is also special to me because it's the first flannel board story I ever made as an in-training preschool teacher. The three year olds in my class ADORED it, as has every child I've ever been able to snuggle up with and read it to. That final page of the beautiful butterfly is always a delight. So, if you're like me or the kids I lvoe, you should find someone you can read it to today. I know I already did :)

7 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'm sad to know that I'm older than the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I have fond memories of reading it to our son.

Michelle said...

Nicely done Google! This is one of our favorite books.

Karen said...

There is actually a felt board story set that could go with this - it's called Who Ate the Food? Cute! http://www.funfelt.com/whoatethefood.html

Trish said...

I got the reference but didn't realize that Caterpillar was turing 40!! How cool is that. What an adorable picture of you reading to your son!

Anne Bradshaw said...

Just dropping by to let you know I have a super give-away contest running this week (and every week) on my LDS blog at Not Entirely British

This time, the prize is a copy of award-winning author Annette Lyon's latest release in her Temple series - Tower of Strength.

Hope you have time to hop on over and take a peek :-)

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