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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, animated

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Watch The Very Hungry Caterpillar, an animation based on the beloved children’s book by writer and illustrator Eric Carle. The classic tale, which turned 50 in June of 2019, tells the story of a growing caterpillar who learns about good nutrition and transforms into a beautiful butterfly. From NPR:

On average, every 30 seconds someone in the world buys a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Maybe it’s for a grandchild, an expectant parent or a dear friend’s new baby. Nearly 50 million copies have been sold since the classic picture book was first published in 1969, and it has been translated into over 62 languages.

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Eric Carle also spoke about the book’s 50th-anniversary edition in this Penguin Kids video. He muses:

“My friends and publishers and editors have been asking ourselves why The Very Hungry Caterpillar is so very successful. It took me a long time, but I think it is a book of hope. Children need hope. You, insignificant caterpillar, can grow up into a beautiful butterfly and fly into the world with your talent. ‘Will I ever be able to do that?’ Yes, you will. I think that is the appeal of that book.”

Browse more books by Eric Carle on Amazon, including our favorite: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Then watch this Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis, more caterpillar videos, more videos with books, and more made-for-kids videos on this site.

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