The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most popular children literature in the world. From the unique style of the drawing, simple story of a transformation of a butterfly, to reading pages with holes inside the book, I can understand why all the kids love this book.

A lot of learning opportunities are inside this book: life cycle of a butterfly, days of the week, counting and numbers, balance diet, names of different food, so on. These are some popular preschools/kindergartners themes and topics.

Yes, we LOVE this book over years and years. I decided to make some Chinese printable along with this book, and to share with you.


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“This early work by a premier author marked an exciting breakthrough in the traditional children’s book format. Carle uses clever cutout pages to depict a caterpillar eating his way through the calendar week. Caterpillar also brilliantly displays Carle’s ability: integrate a concept (days of the week), scientific information (the life cycle of a caterpillar), and an appealing story. (Ages 3-6)”

by Judith Rovenger, Sesame Street Parents, July/August 1994

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
Mother’s Manual

*Quotes are from the official website of The Very Hungry Caterpillar*

Summary: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One night, a little caterpillar hatched from an egg. He started eating all kinds of food because he was very hungry. Over the week, he got fatter and fatter. At last, he spined a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly.

Each page has holes to show where the caterpillar has “eaten, it is a very interesting and unique educational tool to engage the readers. It also helps children to learn about the days of the week, names of food, and a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly.


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Carle’s best-known work. It also has been a popular children’s book since 1969. Here are a few of the many accomplishments and awards for Carle and his book:

  • Translated into 62 languages and sold over 44 million copies.
  • Silver Medal from the City of Milano, Italy, 1989
  • The 1995 David McCord Children’s Literature Citation, Framingham State College + The Nobscot Reading Council of the International Reading Association, 1995
  • Japan Picture Book Award, Presented by Mainichi Newspaper for Lifetime Achievement, 2000
  • Honorary Degree from College of Our Lady the Elms, Chicopee, MA, 2001
  • Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2001
  • Honorary Degree from Niagara University, Niagara, NY, 2002
  • The NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, 2007
  • The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY,2010
  • Honorary Degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2014

>>> Read more about Eric and his awards on his official website.

Videos & Other Resources of the Very hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Miss Panda’s Reading Playground – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – Story Book in Mandarin Chinese!

Spring Songs for Children – Hungry Caterpillar with Lyrics – Kids Songs by The Learning Station

TWO Chinese Printable for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Today, I would like to share TWO sets of Chinese printable for the Very Hungry Caterpillar: Hands-on Activities & Worksheets.


  • Teach basic Chinese vocabulary for the days of the weeks, butterflies’ life cycle, and food from the book through games, coloring pages, hands-on activities, and worksheets.

Suggested Duration

  • For preschoolers: 2-3 weeks.
  • For kindergartners and up: 1-2 week.

6 versions

  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese with pinyin
  • Simplified Chinese with pinyin
  • Traditional Chinese with English
  • Simplified Chinese with English

Hands-On Activities

There are two games, Retelling Story and Today’s Menu, with instructions in the printables. through playing these games, children will learn and apply the basic Chinese vocabularies from the book.

Here are photos of my daughter using the pack:



There are eight pages of the printable worksheets. These worksheets focus on Chinese character recognition and reading comprehension. Math and literacy skills are included.

  • Ordering a butterfly’s life cycle
  • Matching games with handwriting practice
  • Dot-to-dot game
  • Chinese word coloring page
  • Pattern
  • Make a mini-Chinese book

I love all of these printable and the clipart. Aren’t they super cute? Which one is your favorite?

Here’s how my kids did:


Working on printables isn’t the only way to learn; there are many arts and crafts activities that you can do as well. What are your kids’ favorite activities?

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have any suggestions for other Chinese books you would like to see featured in the future literature-based study, please let me know in the comment section below or email me. Feel free to leave any comments or questions regarding this post too!

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