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As you will be able to see from my pervious review on The Very Hungry Caterpillar my son and I are great fans of the book, I was therefore pleased when my son received the Finger Puppet Book version as a gift. The retail price on the back of the book quotes £7.99 but I have seen the book on Amazon for a little over £5. As it was a gift I am not sure where my son's copy was purchased. The book is a good size for toddler's hands (8.5 x 5.5 inches) and is made of thick, sturdy board so survives those hands well! The closed book shows the Hungry Caterpillar's head sticking through a circular hole and if you turn the book over, you can see another circular hole where you place your finger to use the puppet. As you open the book and turn each page you see the Hungry Caterpillar puppet sticking through holes in the middle of the various fruit featured in the standard version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar focuses mainly on counting, the first page displaying a picture of an apple and the text stating "1 delicious apple", the second page "2 crisp pears" and so on. Obviously alongside teaching counting you can also discuss the types and colours of the fruit with your child whilst reading. There is one thing that I find odd about the content of the book and that is the last page, each page leading up to the last has been about counting one to five but then the last page just says "many colours, a beautiful butterfly", which just seems a bit random to me as colours are never previously mentioned! My son (22 months old) is happy to look at this book alone or have it read to him but he definitely seems to favour the standard version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Overall I think this is a great book for practising counting with a toddler, the finger puppet is a nice touch to add extra entertainment and that feature of the book is easy to use. The text is simple and bold and the numbers stand out well and the illustrations are as beautiful as they always are in an Eric Carle book. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an extra aid in teaching their children counting, but if you're looking for a story (that can also aid with counting) then go for the standard version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
I recall reading this book to my children when they were little and now I enjoy reading it to my grandchildren. When I saw this finger puppet book I couldn't resist it. The story of The Hungry Caterpillar tells of a little friendly looking creature who eats all kinds of food and then gets tummy ache. The caterpillar makes a cocoon where it stays for a long time... when it leaves the cocoon it's become a big, beautiful butterfly! It's a very simple story but it is made exciting by the pages being different sizes so that it's almost like a lift and flap book. The foods that the caterpillar eats through have holes in them too which is always interesting for little children to try poking their fingers through. In this book the caterpillar has a face which is a finger puppet. You put your finger in through the back page and you can wriggle the head around. This goes through each page so you can pretend to munch your way through all the foods as you turn the pages. My grandchildren adore this book. They like the original one and love this one even more as they try to put their fingers into the puppet and make it move around. It definitely creates a great deal of enjoyment and laughter making story time even more engaging. I think this is a lovely way to engage children in reading, it's already a very popular book and this extra element makes it even better. I paid £5 for this and think it's very good value for money. It's made from board so it's toddler friendly as it can't be ripped or give paper cuts. A lovely book which would make a good gift too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet Book is a 14 page hardback book for very young children. The 14 pages are very thick and hard and the finger puppet is an elaborate caterpillars head. The head looks awesome and the book is beautifully yet simply illustrated, however this isn't a book where you get much if any bang for your buck unfortunately. This is a finger puppet book based on the classic childrens story, it is very short and there is no story here to speak off, each page simply has two words on it, such as 3 Tart Plums or 4 Sweet Strawberries and a hole for the finger puppet caterpillar to climb through with a corresponding picture of the 3 plums or 4 strawberries on the other page. I have to say as I don't remember the original story, that this book has been fairly pointless for us, we make our own story up but without knowing the original story, we have no idea if this is accurate or not. The book is designed to help children read and count and it is very simple, with very thick pages to ensure that you can move the finger puppet without ever damaging the book. The illustrations are beautiful and this is where the book is good value, they are stunningly artistic and would grace an adult book just as easily, the finger puppet is detailed and very well made, it is colourful and our little one enjoys it coming to life my only issue is that it is made for smaller fingers than mine, I've had two incidents now where my finger has got stuck in the thick book pages, this has been reasonably painful and a tad humiliating trying to freestyle and include my pained yelps into the story. Having tried even my little finger this has been difficult therefore I can only assume the finger puppet is designed for the child or a very small adult to portray. Overall this is a very, very short book, which looks fantastic with wonderful art, it is too simple to be considered a book in my opinion, the story is non existent and the hole for the finger puppet isn't big enough for a normal sized man to read the story, in view of this I have to say it wasn't worth the £5 we paid at Waterstone.com and has been a massive disappointment. I wish we had put the £5 towards a Winnie the Pooh or Beatrix Potter boxset, I enjoy creating stories with my child, but this book makes you do all of the work and is way too expensive for what it is, I was distinctly unimpressed. It is available for £4.77 on Amazon and also cheaper still on Marketplace, I would say you could justify this for about £2.49 but it is too expensive at £5. I am not sure if this is our fault, but I did feel that the books title indicated this was a finger puppet book of the original story, I can now see it isn't and am loathe to buy the original story as an accompaniment as I feel slightly ripped off by this pretty but very limited book, having read some Amazon reviews of this product now I can appreciate that many other parents feel the same way, this simply feels like a spin off created to make money rather than stimulate the child, based on a much loved childrens story. I would suggest reading the original and if you loved it utterly and wanted a finger puppet accompaniment with simple pictures of fruit with numbers, then buy this, I would rather have had the story as this stimulates our child more than simple images right now. My child is very young but enjoys the stories we tell them, this simply has pictures with numbers of fruit and expects you to fill in the gaps, perhaps I missed the point, but I found this a poor buy and was very disappointed.