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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Eric Carle's popular story book for young children. Weighing in at 225 words and lavishly illustrated, the tale follows a caterpillar as it munches its way through a variety of comestibles such as ice cream, salami, watermelon and a lollipop before it finally pupates and emerges as a butterfly. The book has been praised for its use of easy-to-read words which makes it good for teaching young children to read.
It has been translated into over 50 languages. Various interpretations have been placed upon it - for example, it is seen as a transformation story in Cambodia and an anti-capitalist work in the former East Germany.
The book was originally published in 1969.
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