Still Hungry, 45 Years of the Very Hungry Caterpillar #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

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Jennifer D., 5 Minutes for Books editor and 5M4M contributor, here to share some nostalgia and offer a special giveaway. This is part of a sponsored campaign, and I received samples as well, but as always, my opinions are my own.

When my children were toddlers and preschoolers, board books were a staple in our home. I am still inexplicably drawn to them, and they are my go-to gifts for new babies and first birthdays (and 2nd and 3rd for that matter). The sturdiness and smaller size of board books means that they are totally safe for little hands. I always kept some in the car and in their cribs as well as in baskets around the house.

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Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the handful of books that has special memories for me. Since I am under 45, I remember the book from my own childhood and rushed to share it with my children. It’s one of the books that I buy for brand new moms, and I much prefer the board book version.

I love Eric Carle’s artistic style. I think the bright colors and the textures are so eye-catching, to children and adults. The text is generally repetitious, but in a great way — pleasing and familiar to children and not annoying to the adults reading and re-reading. But my absolutely most favorite part? The actual holes that the caterpillar chews through the things he eats. I can’t resist putting my fingers right on the perfect missing circle, nor could my children.

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There are a handful of books that I remember sharing with my children and actively await sharing with my grandchildren. Eric Carle’s books are definitely in that category, so I’m so proud to help celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of this book is sold.

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

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I am happy to be able to offer a very special 45th anniversary edition of the book which comes with a CD of the story read by Eric Carle himself! You will also receive a limited edition tote.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 latanya February 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I like Brown Bear, Brown Bear

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2 anne February 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

The Very Busy Spider.

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3 Wendy Rozema February 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Brown Bear, Brown bear is my favorite!

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4 Tanya February 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

My favorite is “papa, please get the moon for me” Love it!
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5 Carrie February 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Currently my favorite is The Very Lonely Firefly.

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6 Amyc February 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Brown bear, brown bear is my fave

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7 danielle February 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Brown bear, brown bear is my favorite!

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8 Alvina Castro February 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm

My favorite book is brown bear brown bear but I also very much so Love The very Hungry caterpillar!

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9 Katherine February 20, 2014 at 6:26 am

This one is my favorite but I also like the Grouchy Ladybug

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10 Barbara Platt February 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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11 Heather B February 20, 2014 at 8:34 am

It is a toss up between this one and Brown Bear Brown Bear

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12 Brittany February 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

The very hungry caterpillar is my favorite, but they are all good.

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13 Cynthia R February 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

My all time favorite is brown bear brown bear

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14 Idaho Jill February 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I know brown bear brown bear by heart, as I’m sure lots of people do, so that would be my favorite.

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15 Jennifer M February 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

My favourite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar for sure! My sons are 15 YEARS apart and my first son loved it and so does my 2.5 year old! It is timeless.

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16 Vickie Couturier February 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book

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17 Monique L.S. February 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I like The Very Busy Spider.

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18 Pat Stuart February 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and read it to many preschoolers each spring.

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19 Michelle February 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I think we own nearly all of his books, but The Very Hungry Caterpillar continues to be a favourite both for students and for my own children.

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20 Sarah February 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I absolutely love Eric Carle and grew up with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR as a regular on my nightstand. I love the illustrations most of all! Reading it always makes me hungry…

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21 Kristen February 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Do You Want to Be My Friend?

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22 Bin February 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I love Mister Seahorse!

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23 Mary W February 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has a special place in my heart.

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24 DarcyO February 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is my favorite Carle book.

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25 Patricia February 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I think the Grouchy Ladybug is my favorite. (But it’s so hard to pick just one.)

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26 Anita Yancey February 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

My favorite is The Very Busy Spider. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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27 Rob February 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a fantastic children’s book – it’s one of the most memorable for me. I can’t believe it’s been 45 years!

I can only hope to have this kind of acclaim someday – I’ve recently created a new series of travel books for kids to teach them about different countries and cultures – check them out at http://www.my-first-trip.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

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28 Teresa Thompson February 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

The very hungry caterpillar.

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29 staceyk February 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

My favorite is the Hungry Caterpillar

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30 Amy Z. February 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite!

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31 Wendi S February 22, 2014 at 8:16 am

I like reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear.

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32 Pamela j February 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

The grouchy ladybug has been a fav here.

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33 Pamela j February 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

I entered the secret of magic book giveaway.

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34 Tammy H February 22, 2014 at 8:51 am

I like Very Busy Spider

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35 Annmarie W. February 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

I love The Grouchy Ladybug!

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36 Nancy February 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite book and I also like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

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37 Nancy February 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I entered The Secret of Magic giveaway.

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38 riTa February 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I had to look at his website to see if I’d read others. I don’t believe so, only The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am soooooo impressed with the list of Eric Carle’s books and the number of foreign languages that have published The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I am now so interested in the Spanish versions. And if I chose simply by titles, I would go for the Tortoise one and the Noah story.
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39 Carly D. February 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is my favorite, a childhood favorite!

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40 Tracey February 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

My favorite to read to my children is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

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41 Cassandra Eastman February 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

We love the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

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42 Jessica February 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I like the Brown Bear, Brown Bear book.

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43 Wehaf February 23, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I love “Polar Bear, Polar Bear”.

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44 Katrina February 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

so hard to pick a fav but I do love brown bear, brown bear.

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45 Terry Maigi February 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Our favorite has always been The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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46 Payal February 24, 2014 at 12:24 am

We like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

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47 Terra Heck February 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

My favorite is ‘What’s For Lunch?’. Thanks.

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48 mrsshukra February 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is our favorite Eric Carle book for sure!

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49 D Schmidt February 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I really like The Very Busy Spider

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50 Janet W. February 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

My favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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51 Christy Denton February 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo is my favorite Eric Carl book, other than the Hungry Caterpillar, of course. My favorite will ALWAYS be the Hungry Caterpillar.

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52 Annette W {This Simple Home} February 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

This one is my favorite to read aloud.
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53 Jennifer February 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Very Hungry Caterpillar- but I’m a teacher, so I love them all!

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54 Brenda February 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I’ve been collection Eric Carle books for my daughter since she was little, giving them to her at Christmas and on birthdays. She’s 21 now and I’m still on the lookout for new books or older ones I’ve missed. I don’t think I can choose a favorite, but The Art of Eric Carle is a great look at the artist and his wonderful art work!

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55 Robin Nyzio February 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite Carle title. So great for reading aloud!

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56 Mila Cornell February 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

My grandchildren’s favorite is Pancakes, Pancakes!

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57 gina February 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

the tiny seed

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58 Ale February 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The Very hungry caterpillar

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59 Meg February 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is the favorite

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60 Michelle Griffin February 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpiller

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61 S.K. McDonald February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I love all of his books! As it is hard to pick just one! Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a book my son loved and it helped him to notice what is around him and what he sees! I love the Hungry Caterpillar and all the fun activities we have done to go along with it! Being an artist I love all the colors in his books and so do my kids! It is so hard to pick just one book when they are all so wonderful and have taught us all so much!! :o)

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62 ashley cossette February 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

i always loved brown bear brown bear! we actually read it at story time today at my local library!

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63 Ellen February 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I love the Brown Bear books (all versions), but my son loves Very Hungry Caterpillar the most!

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64 Renee Smith February 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my absolute favorite.

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65 Jamie Brigham February 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

The very hungry caterpillar! I have loved it since I was a young kid.

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66 Rochel S February 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Love the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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67 Jen H February 26, 2014 at 1:13 am

my son loves brown bear and the pancake book!

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68 K. Finn February 26, 2014 at 6:24 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar…it is just so cute!

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69 Linda Meyers-Gabbard February 26, 2014 at 6:25 am

My favorite is “From Head To Toe”

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70 allyson becker February 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is the best.

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71 Melissa Weatherford February 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night when my son was a baby..he would join in at the end of each page with “still hungry” It was one of his absolute favorite books!

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72 anita February 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has always been my favorite

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73 Sadie B. February 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Our favorite is the Grouchy Ladybug.

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74 Heidi February 28, 2014 at 1:40 am

I love The Grouchy Ladybug!
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75 Liz February 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

The Very Busy Spider

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76 Serena Powell March 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Definitely the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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77 Lee Mckoen March 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Very hungry caterpiller for sure!

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78 Xty Cruz March 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Our favorite is the The Very Busy Spider

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79 Rosanne March 2, 2014 at 9:53 pm

We have the Grouchy LadyBug and enjoy it

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80 Emily R. March 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my absolute favorite! I really enjoy all his books!

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81 nickie March 3, 2014 at 12:06 am

Brown Bear, Brown bear

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82 Kareema March 3, 2014 at 1:04 am

My favorite book is Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love the graphics.

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83 Cynthia C March 3, 2014 at 6:05 am

I like The Grouchy Ladybug.

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84 Tari Lawson March 3, 2014 at 7:24 am

I like Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

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85 Hillary March 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

I like Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

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86 McKim March 3, 2014 at 10:06 am

I like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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87 Jennifer Thorson ( March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite. Both of my boys loved it and I read it daily for years, with silly sound effects and lots of giggling.
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88 Mihaela Day March 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

My favorite is The Very Busy Spider :)

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89 Rachel Coleman March 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

This one! The very hungry caterpillar.

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90 Rebecca Williams March 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

We love Brown Bear Brown Bear.

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91 Wayne Hamilton March 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I like The Very Busy Spider.

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92 Linda G. March 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Our favorite is The Very Busy Spider book.

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93 amy f March 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

the grouchy ladybug

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94 liz l March 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

The Very Busy Spider.

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95 Kelly Brown March 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

Love the goodie, Brown Bear, Brown Bear

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96 brittany March 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

I like brown bear brown bear. its so much fun to read with the kids

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97 leah wall March 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

I like Pancakes, Pancakes :)

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98 danielle hall March 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

i like brown bear brown bear

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99 Debra Hall March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

my favorite is the tiny seed

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100 Jen March 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I love the very quiet cricket

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101 Beth C March 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

We’ve always liked Brown Bear Brown Bear.

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102 Nannypanpan March 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I think it’s title is 10 little ducks..it has a squeak sound effect

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103 Nannypanpan March 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Entered cat in the hat

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104 Lisa P. March 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm

The Grouchy Ladybug
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105 Nancy Meyer March 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I love The Grouchy Ladybug! His artwork was so fabulous!

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106 Leanne G March 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Our favorite is definitely “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

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107 Candie L March 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I loved the Very Busy Spider. Thankyou

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108 Brenda Elsner March 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I love the Hungry Caterpillar.

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109 Jaime Cummings March 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The Secret Birthday Message is my fave!

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110 brittney March 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

The Very Lonely Firefly

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111 Tricha March 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Brown Bear Brown Bear

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112 Charlene March 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

My fave is Have You Seen My Cat?

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113 Jodie R. March 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

My favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

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114 Rachel H. March 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

The Very Hungry Catepillar is my favourite, but they’re all so good!

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115 Jessica Holmes March 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

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116 April Brenay March 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My favorite is the Hungry Caterpillar

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117 Diana B March 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I always like sticking my fingers in the hold of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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118 Savannah March 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

My favorite Eric Carle book is The Very Busy Spider, but I also love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thank you for the giveaway!

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119 AEKZ2 March 5, 2014 at 12:12 am

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is my favorite

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120 Deborah Peck March 5, 2014 at 12:27 am

the grouchy ladybug is great.

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121 Carolyn Daley March 5, 2014 at 1:41 am

My favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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122 Gianna March 5, 2014 at 1:51 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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123 Michelle C March 5, 2014 at 3:07 am

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I can remember turning the pages as a child.

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124 cassandra March 5, 2014 at 3:49 am

I like the Grouchy ladybug

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125 Kayla Malik March 5, 2014 at 6:59 am

I like Brown Bear a whole lot.

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126 Kathy Pease March 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

I like the very busy spider :)

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127 Melanie Bahr March 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

Brown Bear Brown Bear has been a family favorite for years!

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128 Stephanie March 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

My favorite would be Brown bear, brown bear. His books have the best graphics!

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129 sandra manning March 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Very busy spider

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130 Melanie Comello March 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I love the Eric Carle’s ABC book! I love the illustrations in this book

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131 Cheryl Reinhardt March 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

The Very Busy Spider

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132 susan smoaks March 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

our favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar because we love it and it’s a classic. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

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133 Joshua Johnson March 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is and always will be my favorite.

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134 ioana c. March 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

the very hungry caterpillar is my favorite

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135 Rebekah {McMama} March 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I See a Song is my favorite.
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136 Terri Moore March 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Next to the very hungry caterpillar my favorite Eric Carle book is Brown Bear, Brown bear what do you see? The kids love his books and I like the bright colors and rhymes.

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137 Donna Kellogg March 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

The Very Busy Spider

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138 Michele C March 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

The very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite.

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139 Donna L March 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

My favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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140 Tami H March 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Definitely Brown Bear! My preschoolers love this book so much. They can read it themselves now. We just made our own version of Brown Bear into a class book. They love looking at their own page.
This is a wonderful prize pack!

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