The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle was first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969. The winner of many awards, it has sold 30 million copies and reportedly a copy of the book is sold every 30 seconds somewhere in the world. It is highly popular and has been praised for its use of easy-to-read words which makes it good for teaching young children to read. The caterpillar's diet is a fictional fantasy but the story does introduce the concept of the metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. It has been described as "one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.
This is the classic edition of the bestselling story written for the very young. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.
Every child should experience this wonderful, cumulative story, with its brightly coloured pictures of the tiny but greedy caterpillar that eats his way through one apple, two plums and three pears before turning into a beautiful butterfly. The board version stands up well to the inevitable poking of little fingers through the holes in the pages. (Kirkus UK)