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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle is a popular children’s picture book. It tells the story of a baby caterpillar who is always hungry and eats a variety of foods before pupating and emerging as a beautiful butterfly.

The book was first published in June 1969.

Why is the story so popular?

The author feels that children like this story because it is a story of hope and transformation.

Quite ironically, many publishers refused to publish this book. In the end, a Japan-based printing firm agreed to print it. And guess what! More than 50 million copies of the book have been printed so far.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into 62 languages so far.

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