Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite in the Rystedt home. (Ok, it’s mom’s favorite.) Paisley’s very first story time occurred at the ripe age of three weeks old and was, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have read it many times since and Paisley would like to share her take on this classic tale.
Paisley’s favorite part: color, color, and more color!
Mom’s favorite part: this was my favorite book growing up because it spoke to my inner foodie. And I’m also partial to the wonderful colors.
Baby-friendliness: we give this book 5 out of 5 stars for holding baby’s attention. It’s easy for baby to engage with, due to its vibrant color palate and variety in illustration. Our version is also a stout board book that is easy for even small babies to manipulate with their hands – plus it holds up to drool and spit ups.
Mom-friendliness: I may be a little biased because I view this book through the lens of nostalgia but I think that the story is pretty entertaining and it doesn’t make me feel the need to go on an acid trip in order to appreciate an inane or poorly structured plot line. I give this 5 out of 5 stars in this category.
Recommendation: we recommend this book for any mom and baby – or any big kid learning to read independently.
Conclusion: An oldie, but goodie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will always have a special place on our bookshelf – and in out hearts.