Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Picture Puffin UK, 2017
10pp., board, RRP $A16.99
The world was first introduced to the very hungry caterpillar as he munched his way through a menu of goodies almost 50 years ago! Now he is back, hiding somewhere under the flaps waiting to be discovered by little fingers.
With the bold colours and readily recognisable illustrations of the wondrous Eric Carle who has a gift of turning the mundane into the extraordinary, it’s time for little ones to have even more fun with the little caterpillar that so many of them already know and love. And as well as recognising the familiar foods from the original story and perhaps even being able to read the words for them because of that, they can also learn what other tiny creatures inhabit the world beneath their feet and maybe tread a little more gently on this earth.
This ticks all the boxes about helping our first readers to understand the basic concepts about print that are so vital to their reading success, particularly making connections between this new story and the one they know as they learn to carry that knowledge and apply it to a new situation. Brilliant from what might appear to be a humble board book!