The Very Hungry Caterpillar


By Amy Bizzarri

Contributor and Blogger

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 life.

Web-ArtSee 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 set.

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 a pueblo.

For more information, visit the Chicago Children's Theater's Web site and the Field Museum.


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