The World’s Oldest Living Caterpillar Metamorphosizes


Its the 40th anniversary of the ground breaking interactive concept book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the publisher is making it available in two new editions. The pop-up edition is a 3-D delight. The Touch-and-Feel Braille edition is an exquisite rendition of the original and a gift to the world.

I rarely say this, so pay attention. Every library should own at least one copy of the the Touch and Feel Braille Edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This concept book classic is rendered in fabric and handmade paper. It is a work of art that brilliantly presents the classic story to children with low or no vision as well as sighted children. The words are overlaid on the Braille as the caterpillar makes his familiar repetitious journey over, under and through a variety of foodstuffs.

Perhaps you are thinking, “$125 is a lot of money for what?  One or two kids at the most in my community?” But think about all the sight impaired grandparents who will have the joy of reading aloud a picture book.

A big thank you to Philomel for this brilliant edition.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Touch-and-Feel Braille Edition
Carle, Eric

  • Hardcover Braille: $125; 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel;  edition (November 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399251901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399251900

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pop-Up Book
Carle, Eric

  • Hardcover: $29.99; 14 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Pop edition (March 10, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0399250395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250392

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