The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a children’s classic. I feel like I can still remember reading it in school and doing all sorts of related activities. Our English version is a board book so we’ve been reading it to the little guy since he was an infant. The Korean edition, which I’ve found is quite common, is more readily available as paperback or hardcover.

This book is great not only for the beautiful collage illustrations, but because it presents a number of basic concepts. You’ve got: days of the week, counting, being hungry and full, different types of foods, night and day, and the idea of metamorphosis. (I’m sure I missed more.) I’m sure that’s why it continues to be a favorite across classrooms of every age and size. There are limitless possibilities for the types of activities you can do with your little one alongside this book. Have your little one make their own collage, hole punch some paper and do counting, focus on each day of the week and what the hungry caterpillar ate that day, etc.

We got our copy of the Korean edition on Amazon. As I pointed out in my post about where I buy Korean books, the prices on Amazon seem to fluctuate quite a bit. Sometimes the hardcover is less expensive, sometimes it’s not even available. Since this is a pretty classic book, it’s generally available and at a (somewhat) reasonable price. As always, if you have a local Korean bookstore, I recommend checking with them. Most are happy to order for you and match any online prices.

Do you have the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? What are some fun ways you use it to incorporate Korean into your day?

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