Cart (0)
$0.00 
Get The Perfect Gift This Holiday - a Thrift Books Gift Card See Details Here

Thriftbooks.com - Spend Less. Read More.


Welcome to Thrift Books


Sign up today for Thrift Books' emails and receive exclusive offers, special deals and email-only discounts.


  sign up

Free Shipping on all USA orders
loading...
Adding to Wish List ...
An error has occurred. Please try re-loading the page.
Add to Existing List
Add to New List
Add
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Stock Image - cover art may vary
Best Value
Of This Edition
Used: Good
$2.99 Sale Item
FREE USA Shipping
Add To Cart

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author:

Series:

Board book
Rate it! You must be logged in to submit a rating.You must be logged in to submit a rating.You must be logged in to submit a rating.You must be logged in to submit a rating.You must be logged in to submit a rating. (Avg. 4.6) Customer Reviews
ISBN: 0399226907
Release Date: January, 2002
Publisher: Philomel
Description: "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's modern classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too. A fun gift package for caterpillar fans. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola: Author One-on-One Eric Carle is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other children’s books. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of Strega Nona: Her Story and countless other books. They recently had a conversation about their careers as picture book authors. Tomie dePaola: When I was only four years old, I announced to my family in particular and to the world in general that I was going to become an artist, and write stories and draw pictures for books. I never swayed from that early declaration. I’ve always been curious to know, what inspired you to become a creator and illustrator of picture books? Eric Carle: My career began as a graphic designer and for a number of years I worked as an art director for an advertising agency in New York. In the mid 1960's Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate his Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Well, I was set on fire! I was so inspired by this book, and the opportunity to illustrate it changed my life. After that, I started to create my own books, both words and pictures, and really it was then that I had found my true course in life. Now, I have a question for you, Tomie. How would you describe your artistic style, and has it changed over time? Tomie dePaola: My illustration style is heavily influenced by folk art--strong simple shapes, bold lines, color, color, color and a deceptive simplicity. My style began to develop early in art school, and through the years, it hasn’t changed very much, but it has refined itself. How would you describe yours? Eric Carle: My aim with my work is to simplify and refine, be logical and harmonious. I like to use simple shapes, bright colors and a lot of white space. I write for the child inside of me. That is always where I begin. Tomie dePaola: I do, as well. The only audience I keep in mind is that four-year-old in me. People sometimes ask me what advice I would give to young artists. I always think of the wonderful advice I received from my twin cousins when they were in art school in the late '30s. They told me, “Practice, practice, practice and don’t copy.” Eric Carle: I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT. I want to be encouraging but I can only offer the example of my own experience, which is just one approach. There are many wonderful artists to learn about, which is important. But you must use your own imagination. You have to just do it. Tomie dePaola: How do you feel knowing that a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world? Eric Carle: It is hard for me, maybe for others too, to grasp this concept. But I am truly honored that my story is enjoyed by so many and that it is now being shared by a generation of parents who grew up with my book. How about your Strega Nona. She is one of your most popular characters. Can you share how she came to be? Tomie dePaola: In the ‘70s when I was teaching at a college, we were required to attend faculty meetings. I always sat in the back with a yellow legal pad. Everyone thought I was taking notes. At one meeting a doodle appeared of a little lady with a big nose and a big chin. I named her Strega Nona, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, how will you be celebrating the third annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day this year? Eric Carle: On The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20th, I will probably be at home with my wife, Bobbie (I am a bit of a hermit, actually). But I will be saying a little toast to the caterpillar for w
Book Details
Format: Board book
ISBN: 0399226907
ISBN-13: 9780399226908
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date:
Length: 13 Pages
Weight: 0.40 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.9 x 7.1 in.
Language: English
loading
Language
Editions Sorted By
Additional Available Formats & Editions (15)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: miniature edition
By
Hardcover
ISBN: 0399213015
Publisher: Philomel
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $9.98
Save: $5.61 (56% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Acceptable
$4.37

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0399213015
ISBN-13: 9780399213014
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: March, 1986
Length: 32 Pages
Weight: 0.13 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.3 x 3.7 x 5.1 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Finger Puppet Book
By
Board book
ISBN: 0448455978
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $19.99
Save: $15.12 (76% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Good
$4.87

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Board book
ISBN: 0448455978
ISBN-13: 9780448455976
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Release Date: March, 2011
Length: 12 Pages
Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.7 x 8.2 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: board book & CD
By
Board book
ISBN: 0399247459
Publisher: Philomel
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $21.49
Save: $17.50 (81% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Acceptable
$3.99

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Board book
ISBN: 0399247459
ISBN-13: 9780399247453
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: April, 2007
Length: 24 Pages
Weight: 1.20 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.1 x 10.6 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By
Hardcover
ISBN: 0399208534
Publisher: Philomel
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $27.99
Save: $24.00 (86% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Very Good
Sale Item $4.50

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0399208534
ISBN-13: 9780399208539
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: January, 2002
Length: 32 Pages
Weight: 1.10 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 12.0 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By
Paperback
ISBN: 0590188046
Publisher: Scholastic
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $0.00
Save: ($2.99) (-299% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Good
$2.99

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0590188046
ISBN-13: 9780590188043
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: January, 1987
Length: 32 Pages
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.0 x 11.5 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book
By
Hardcover
ISBN: 0141385065
Publisher: Puffin Bks
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $36.99
Save: $19.98 (54% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Good
$17.01

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0141385065
ISBN-13: 9780141385068
Publisher: Puffin Bks
Release Date: May, 2009
Length: 14 Pages
Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Dimensions: 1.6 x 8.5 x 11.7 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Japanese Edition) [Japanese]
By
Language: Japanese
Hardcover
ISBN: 4033280103
Publisher: Kaiseisha/Tsai Fong Books
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $45.26
Save: $32.75 (72% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Very Good
$12.51

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 4033280103
ISBN-13: 9784033280103
Publisher: Kaiseisha/Tsai Fong Books
Release Date: April, 1997
Length: Pages
Weight: 0.99 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.7 x 12.0 in.
Language: Japanese
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ('The Very Hungry Caterpillar', in traditional Chinese, NOT in English) [Chinese]
By
Language: Chinese
Board book
ISBN: 9577620981
Publisher: Shang Yi Publishing Co/Tsai Fong Books
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $28.86
Save: $25.51 (88% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Acceptable
$3.35

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Board book
ISBN: 9577620981
ISBN-13: 9789577620989
Publisher: Shang Yi Publishing Co/Tsai Fong Books
Release Date: February, 2001
Length: 30 Pages
Weight: 0.50 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.1 x 7.1 in.
Language: Chinese
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By
Paperback
ISBN: 0590030299
Publisher: Scholastic
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $0.00
Save: ($3.37) (-337% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Good
$3.72

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0590030299
ISBN-13: 9780590030298
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: March, 1994
Length: Pages
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.9 x 11.3 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition (Callaway Classics Series of Timeless Tales from Around the W)
By
Hardcover
ISBN: 039925045X
Publisher: Philomel
FREE USA Shipping
List price: $97.49
Save: $70.86 (73% off)
Out of stock
Best Value
Used: Good
$26.63

Receive alerts when this item becomes available.

Book Description
Book Details
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 039925045X
ISBN-13: 9780399250453
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: September, 2008
Length: 32 Pages
Weight: 4.50 lbs.
Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.8 x 19.1 in.
Language: English
Stock Image - cover art may vary
loading
loading

Browse Similar Titles

Find similar books by browsing through the categories listed below:

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsJust as I remember
Posted by R. Osborne on 5/19/2009
My daughter enjoys sticking her fingers in the caterpillar holes. Colorful and easy to turn pages. Just as I remember it...
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsA fun, witty, classic tale.
Posted by Anonymous on 7/11/2000
We have this book in a small and large size together with anEric Carle videotape that has the story. A young caterpillar is bornand begins to eat his way through the world and through many foods that you child will be able to identify. These foods are eaten on each of the seven days of the week, an added bonus, as your child begins to learn that Sunday is a different day that Monday. The caterpillar gets very fat. He builds a cocoon and then emerges a large beautiful butterfly. My 3 year old does not tire of this story. He learns about nature, food and the days of the week in one absolutely stunningly illustrated book. You can't get much better than this for young children. If you have young children, or if you are looking for a gift for a 4 year old and younger child, this book is highly, highly recommended. Enjoy.
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsSpanish version of a classic!
Posted by Elizabeth Van Wie on 12/4/2004
This Spanish version of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is just as cute as the English version. Children will love the pages of varying sizes with holes where the caterpillar has eaten up the food.

You can also practice counting up to five with your little one as the bug eats one apple on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, etc.

The vocabulary in this book DOES require a Spanish speaker in the home. My husband does not speak Spanish and this book is too hard for him to read to our babies, whereas he can read other Spanish board books. Additionally, as it is only in Spanish, my husband cannot compare the Spanish words to English.

Still, I think it's a great addition to your library if one adult speaks Spanish and you are trying to teach your children the language too.

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsraves by parents of the gift-receiver
Posted by Ronald Hulting on 1/18/2007
For my grandson's first birthday, I wanted a gift that would please him visually and stimulate him mentally. A friend suggested this book because her son had enjoyed it many years ago. Feedback from my grandson, through his parents, is that he enjoys the book very much, and the toy is nice but not as captivating as listening to someone reading the book. Thanks for a very good purchase.
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsVery pleased
Posted by Mary A. Mirabella on 5/15/2009
I bought this book for my in-laws to read to my 10-month-old daughter when we visit them in a few weeks. I was thrilled to find a story that would be familiar to my daughter--I read the English version to her all the time--but also would be a way for them to speak Chinese with her. The book arrived more quickly than expected and in excellent condition. My husband tells me the translation is good (I have to take his word on this). My in-laws were thrilled to receive it and are looking forward to bonding with their granddaughter as they share this book with her.