Today’s the 40th birthday of Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

It’s a classic because it’s gooooood.theveryhungrycaterpillarl

For early literacy it covers:

  • Print motivation (who can resist all those cute little holes the caterpillar ate out of everything and the way the pages grow as the caterpillar grows)
  • Vocabulary (days of the week, food names, stages of a caterpillar’s growth)
  • Narrative skills (and what happens next?, repetition of  “but he was still hungry”)