Last Fall, I posted about the Eric Carle classic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children’s books are a good way to teach about insects. Caterpillars, for anyone who has raised one to an adult butterfly, do grow very fast.
Now The Very Hungry Caterpillar will have a new role, teaching children about healthy eating. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is conducting an anti-obesity campaign that uses the Very Hungry Caterpillar to teach about good foods, eating fruits and vegetables and minimizing sugar loaded snacks.
For those not familiar with the book, the caterpillar eats a number of healthy fruits through the first five days. On Saturday, our Very Hungry Caterpillar eats cake, ice cream, pie, cupcakes and other junk food and gets a stomach ache for his trouble. On Sunday, our binge eating Very Hungry Caterpillar consumed a nice green leaf and felt much better.
The new anti-obesity campaign comes with a guide for parents with tips for discussing healthy foods. Over 17000 copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will appear in pediatrician’s offices along with growth charts and a reading guide.