pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be
officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes
place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).
copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55
languages? How cool is that?! 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. Whoa!
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.
Last, we will paint these caterpillars. I just used supplies I had: puff paint, washable paint, cotton balls, and a paper plate. Students will be give an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. They will create their caterpillar with paint and a cotton ball. They will only put as many green circles as the letters in their name. I love it when I can add a little art, literacy, and math into an activity. So, if they have five letters in their name, they will have five green circles. Then, after the paint dries, they can go back with a marker and write the letters of their names in the circles, trace a leaf and cut it out.
Thanks Eric Carle for all you have done to enrich reading in my kindergarten classroom. We puffy heart LOVE you!!