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Introduce the Season of Winter With The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Penguins

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Winter With The Very Hungry caterpillar

A favorite character with preschoolers experiences winter

A favorite character with preschoolers experiences winter

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Experiences Winter

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite and familiar character for preschoolers. Winter has come and the little caterpillar is experiencing its first winter. The little caterpillar really likes to be inside by the fire, but there are many fun activities that come with winter outside. The little caterpillar watches icicles form and the snow falling. How about building a snowman with a funny hat? Having a snowball fight might be fun. The little caterpillar learns that winter is very cold but all can have fun in the snow.

The text is written in rhymes for language fun while reading. Colorful illustrations depict the little caterpillar having fun in the ice and snow. Young readers will be engaged while reading and locating the little caterpillar in the illustrations. "Where's the Very Hungry Caterpillar" offers the opportunity for your prescholer to use observation skills to locate the little caterpillar in each illustration.

Colorful illustrations are engaging with scenes of winter activities. The illustrations are typical of the illustrations from all of Carle's books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Winter was published by Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 3-5. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38410-7.

Illustrations Depict Winter Fun

The little caterpillar enjoys the fire

The little caterpillar enjoys the fire

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Do Penguins Need Sweaters?

Marrika Tamura's Penguins Don't wear Sweaters! is another great choice for introducing winter concepts to your preschooler. This charming story in board book form tells the story of penguins in their icy environment and the dilemna that occurs when there is a giant oil spill. Your young reader will learn about the icy environment that penguins inhabit and the danger they face when they encounter an oil spill from a large ship.

Tamura includes an Author's Note to write about how she got the idea for this story and picture book. She saw a news story and photo from Australia that told of people knitting sweaters for penguins to protect them from an oil spill. She explored the news story and learned that sweaters are actually not a good idea for penguins, but there are other ways to rehabilitate them when they encounter oil in the sea around their icy waters. She includes an interesting fact about how the Penguin Foundation actually used this news story of penguins and sweaters to raise funds for saving penguins.

Daniel Rieley contributed his talents as an illustrator to Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters!.

Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters! is a great choice to introduce environmental concepts that affect penguins. Introducing ecological concepts to your young readers comes as a bonus with this charming story.

Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters! was published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 3-5 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-40690-8.

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Sweaters and Penguins

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Bring These Two Books Into Your Preschool Classroom for Winter Reading and Activties

Teachers who teach in a preschool classroom will want to add these cute stories to their classroom bookshelf. Winter is definitely here in many parts of the country and young readers will have fun sharing winter with one of their favorite Eric Carle characters, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They will also enjoy learning about penguins.

*Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Winter in a story time session. Call attention to the little caterpillar in each illustration. This offers a type of "Where's Waldo" experience for developing observation skills by having your young reader play "Where's The Very Hungry Caterpillar" while reading.

*Engage your young readers in a discussion of all of the winter activities that the little caterpillar is experiencing for his first winter.

*The text for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Winter is written in rhymes for a language experience. Call attention to the rhyming words and engage your young readers in a clapping game when they hear the rhyming words.

*Read Penguins Don't Wear Sweaters in a story time session.

*Have a globe available to locate the wintry environment that penguins inhabit.

*Engage older preschoolers in a discussion of saving the penguins from the oil spill.

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