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A tiny caterpillar eats his way through lots of treats, getting bigger and bigger, until… we meet a beautiful butterfly! This delightful story sends an inspiring message about growing up and entering the big, wide world.

Fun with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Eric Carle discusses The Very Hungry Caterpillar

After more than 45 years, Eric Carle's much-adored The Very Hungry Caterpillar continues to be embraced by new generations of children and parents around the world.

Here Eric Carle ponders the cause of the book's popularity. For a long time he couldn't come up with one succinct answer as to why it was so popular, but here he perfectly encapsulates the message.

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