Today’s the 40th birthday of Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
It’s a classic because it’s gooooood.
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”)