The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle

The Story

Eric Carle's classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

The Stages of Metamorphosis

Activity for the butterfly life cycle

  • Have students cut out a shape for the larva (caterpillar). Design the caterpillar.
  • On the opposite side, a chrysalis can be represented and drawn.
  • Open up your cutout, and decorate a beautiful butterfly!