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Storybook cooks with Eric Carle

Fruit salad for the caterpillar
Fruit salad for the caterpillar
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Fun read-alouds and cooking with kids go hand-in hand to enhance interest in reading skills and learning to cook as a life skill. Thursday will mark the 45th anniversary of one of Eric Carle's classic books, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", and this beautiful book is perfect for creating a great fruit salad after reading.

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" tells the story of the birth of a caterpillar one sunny day. The caterpillar was hatched, and it was very hungry! It ate its way through the days of the week, and each day a fruit was chosen. This story also serves as a counting book in that the caterpillar started with 1 piece of fruit and ate 2,3,4, and all the way to 10 fruits through the week. Its simple text and vivid colored illustrations tell the story of the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The caterpillar creates a cocoon, goes to sleep, and emerges as a beautiful butterfly at the end of the story.

The Cottages at Michael's Learning Center in Sarasota uses the concept of favorite books and cooking in its program Tasty Tales. Teachers at this early education center choose favorite read-alouds and recipes are created to enhance the reading experience. Developmentally appropriate kitchen tools are used in the classroom, and child-friendly recipes are coordinated with the stories.

You are invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" on Thursday, March 20, by making a fruit salad with the fruits that the caterpillar ate.

Recipe:

1-2 cups sliced strawberries

1-2 cups sliced fresh pears

1-2 cups sliced apples

1-2 cups sliced plums

1-2 cups sliced cherries

Happy 45th anniversary to this classic book by Eric Carle. Enjoy cooking with Carle to celebrate this anniversary.