Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think the 45th anniversary of this book is a good occasion to remember what a great picture book it is!
Hey I get to do an AWESOME give-away too!!! Read to the bottom!
by Eric Carle
13 Pages – ages 1+
Published by Philomel (Penguin Group) on March 23, 1994
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis-
“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”
Watch out – when that egg hatches there’s going to be a VERY hungry caterpillar!
Why I liked this book-
Who doesn’t love this book?!? I will never get tired of reading about the caterpillar eating and eating his way through the book.
Mr Carle’s artwork is incredible too.
Here’s what the publisher has to say about The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 45th Anniversary –
“Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.”
WOAH! A book every 30 seconds!
Activities and Resources-
Loni Edwards nominated The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a PPBF book a few years ago. Check her post out HERE.
Let’s celebrate the day with Eric Carle!
“Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.”
You can hop on over to the official party page HERE and join in the fun. There are a ton of activities and games and a video greeting from Mr. Carle himself!
You can also join in the fun and enter some great give-aways at the World of Eric Carle Facebook Page HERE.
Speaking of give-aways – check this out!
One super lucky blog reader of mine will get to win a Hungry Caterpillar prize pack! The pack includes two 45th anniversary totes and two board books and cd! You get two of everything so you can keep one for yourself and share one with a friend!
I know what you are saying – “Erik tell us how we can enter!” Okay, here it is – just comment! I will put everyone’s name in a hat and Josie will pick one out next Thursday and I will announce the winner next Friday. The prize pack will ship directly from the company doing the give-away. I am sorry to say that the contest is only open to US mailing addresses only.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!