Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ is an endearing story about a caterpillar that hatches from an egg on a Sunday. Throughout the week it gorges on vibrantly-coloured fruits and on Saturday it ends up eating enormous amounts of junk-food. On Sunday, all the junk-eating leads to a troubled tummy and so the caterpillar eats a green leaf on Sunday. The caterpillar then turns into a cocoon and later emerges as a beautiful butterfly. While it is a simple story, it is also quite educational. Children end-up learning a lot of new things like– days of the week, counting, numbers, colours, fruits, junk food names, a bit about nutrition, healthy eating, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, and the allegory about growing-up. What’s more, children learn all of it through a fun story! ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ educates young toddlers and young readers with actually being a typical educational book which might be boring. And that’s a mark of storytelling at its best.
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