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May 21 2019

The very hungry caterpillar's birthday party by Eric Carle

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Puffin, 2019. ISBN: 9780241376119. Board book.
(Age: 1-5) Highly recommended. Themes: Birthday parties, Caterpillars. Everyone's favourite caterpillar is back with a birthday party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The very hungry caterpillar. A board book, complete with glitter and sparkle and a special fold-out surprise, has the very hungry caterpillar watching the events of a special day. The colours are all hues of the rainbow and flowers and bees, butterflies and ladybirds, can be seen fluttering in the air. All the accessories that make a wonderful party are scattered throughout the book. There are 'Bright balloons . . . bobbing in the sky' and 'pom-poms burst with colour', while a pile of gifts stands high and the candles are alight on the birthday cake. All of these are watched by birds, a curious cat, and a line of ants and of course, the very hungry caterpillar. The book culminates with a gorgeous fold-out that eager little fingers will long to touch. Along the way, they will be able to search for the hungry caterpillar and see what he is up to and observant children may notice that he is growing bigger as well.
Fans of The very hungry caterpillar will be thrilled to see another beautiful, sturdy board book that little children will delight in, complete with all the magic and art of the original story. The interactive foldout, with its raised glitter objects, is a tactile pleasure, a lovely bonus for children who like to touch and feel. It would make a perfect birthday present and a great read aloud to share at bedtime.
Pat Pledger

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