Happy Birthday to the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

By Caroline O'Connor | March 20 2019 | General

 

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s preschool classic, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.  In honor of this milestone, zoos, botanical gardens, libraries, museums and eateries across the country will host interactive Very Hungry Caterpillar experiences throughout 2019.  In April, a Very Hungry Caterpillar car and costume character will traverse the country.  Kicking off at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the car will make its way across the United States, traveling through 20 states and over 4500 miles. Visit www.vhc50.com to see a full list of events and activities.

With its vivid colors and innovative hole-punched pages, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR teaches lessons in counting, the days of the week, the process of metamorphosis, and the importance of choosing foods wisely. The book has wiggled its way into the hearts of generations of readers and become a bookshelf staple in homes and classrooms nationwide.  Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR is sold.

To commemorate the anniversary, Penguin Young Readers has released a golden edition that features bonus content including an appreciation by prominent children’s literacy advocate Dolly Parton, as well as an essay on the history and significance of the Caterpillar, and historic photos and rare images of the book’s original sketches.

 

See 50 Years of Eric Carl HERE!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
50th Anniversary Golden Edition
978-0-525-51619-4
A new, limited golden anniversary edition in honor of 50 wonderful years, including rare bonus content. Happy birthday, Very Hungry Caterpillar!
$22.99 US
Oct 09, 2018
11-3/4 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
40 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
978-0-399-20853-9
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages. —The Horn Book "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." —Mother's Manual "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." —The New York Times Book Review Watch a Video
$21.99 US
Oct 15, 1981
11-3/4 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 2-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
978-0-399-22690-8
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?Including a special feature, die cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience.  "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." —Mother's Manual"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." —The New York Times Book Review
$10.99 US
Mar 23, 1994
7-1/8 x 5
Board Book
26 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book and Plush
978-0-399-24205-2
One of the best-selling children's books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been delighting young readers for over thirty years. Now packaged as a board book with a new plush doll, this classic book will continue to introduce new generations of children to the magical world of Eric Carle.
$19.99 US
Aug 30, 2002
5-1/8 x 7-3/8
Book & Toy
24 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool