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Aug 31 2020

I love dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Puffin, 2017. ISBN: 9780141374376.
(Age: 0+) Recommended. Lovers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be thrilled with this gorgeous version of Eric Carle's illustrations, showing how much a child loves Dad. Little children will be enthralled by the brightly coloured pictures and will have lots of fun finding the little caterpillar on each page. There are many details to hold the interest of a very young child, who will love the page where there are beetles and tiny little ants while the page showing the father seahorse and its baby is delightful.
It is a book that parents will be happy to read again and again, helping the young child to give a name to each of the dads and their babies and increasing their vocabularies. The narrative is brief and easy to read aloud and gives the opportunity for lots of discussion about why children love their dads. The situations are ones that will be familiar to children, who will delight in recognising the silly dad who acts like a gorilla, and the loving dad who is still cool even when the child is as prickly as a hedgehog.
This is a perfect book to read aloud on Father's Day and would make an ideal gift, especially for a new father.
Pat Pledger

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