From the Library Shelves

The good (and bad) thing about working in a library is that you find little gems on the shelves nearly every shift…I have had to learn to not bring every book home that I love.  I couldn’t go past this book because it is perfect for my story time session I am taking this week. When it comes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar I normally prefer the original book, but this lift-the-flap version is so sweet and perfect for my toddler group this week.




Where is The Very Hungry Caterpillar? by Eric Carle
Published by Puffin Books
Date: 29 May 2017



Where is the Very Hungry Caterpillar is a board book but is a larger size so is great for a group story time. Toddlers love lift the flaps, especially if they can get involved in helping lift them. In true Erica Carle style the illustrations and colours are beautiful.


It was a good choice to publish this book in board book form, it means the flaps are sturdier and will last longer than a regular picture book.  In a library this is particularly true of a book that gets borrowed a lot, often the paper flaps rip easily.


The pictures used in the book will be familiar to children that have read Eric Carle books before, repetition and familiarity help children learn.  The large words on each page match the item mentioned on the page e.g. is he hiding in the grass? The word grass is green and matches the green grass. This assists children with colour recognition.


I am looking forward to sharing this book with the toddler story time this week and know their interaction will make it a very fun and noisy time. I totally recommend this book.

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