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May 14 2020

The very hungry caterpillar's hide and seek by Eric Carle

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Puffin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241425657. Board book.
(Age: 0+) Highly recommended. Lovers of The very hungry caterpillar are in for a real treat with this latest offering showing what lives in the forest and finally where the little caterpillar hides. As always the illustrations are exquisite; bright colours pop out from the pages and all the animals in the forest are beautifully depicted, each having their own personality, and are so happy and active.
Starting with bees the large sturdy lift-the-flap show a bright yellow hive:
Who is in the forest where it's bright and sunny?
Busy, buzzing bees making tasty honey!
Other scenes show little green frogs leaping, and a large brown duck looking for food, wild birds soaring in the sky, fluffy mice underground and a fox prowling in the woods.
All the flaps are very well made and will stay the distance for little fingers that will want to lift them again and again. The young child will have fun searching for the very hungry caterpillar on different pages, and the lovely verse is ideal for adults to read aloud and enjoy.
There is much in this book to delight over - animals to name, little creatures to find and time to discuss animal habitats and as the cover states, a finger trail for little fingers to follow.
This is a book that is sure to be a favourite and one to keep for the next generation.
Pat Pledger

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