You know it's a classic children's book when you have it
memorized. When I just recently dusted off my 8 year old son's copy
of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
began reading it to my five month old daughter (because it's never
too early to read to kids!), I felt a rush of happiness as she
cooed and tried to grab the hard cardboard pages. It's been
years since I read these classics to my son, and now I'll be able
to pour through them all her. For me, cuddling up with a child and
a good book are one of the simple yet wonderful pleasures of
See The Very Hungry
Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites live at
the Field Museum, interpreted by the Chicago Children's Theater,
for a limited engagement, April 6 - May 2. What a wonderful chance
to tie in a museum visit with a great play, together with your
favorite tot. The 10 am performance may work best for the smaller
Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the in-musuem Corner Bakery,
overlooking Sue, and then visit some of the kid-friendlier sights.
Don't miss the Crown Family Play Lab, where budding
archeaologists can dig up dinosaur bones and tiny
anthropologists can grind corn as they learn about life in
For more information, visit the Chicago Children's Theater's Web site and the Field
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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