There is a lot to love about Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but have you ever wished for a more accurate version? Where there is a 'chrysalis' not a 'cocoon', where the caterpillar eats only plants and not cake and ice cream? Perhaps even where we can use words like 'pupa'?
We've been loving Caterpillar to Butterfly by the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Caterpillar to Butterfly is not complicated, it is very simple for a young child to follow, it's real, natural and accurate! Nature is so very, very beautiful.
On a similar theme... one of Otto's favourite books is Tadpole to Frog! It is also about a lifecycle and also has the graduated flaps. This one uses words like 'metamorphosis' and 'amphibians'. Our copy of Tadpole to Frog is very well read and worn. Isn't this visually just wow?!? Why not give the child the full experience of nature and this whole series of books does it so well.
We have three more books in this Science for Toddlers series which I have not presented to Otto yet, but I will when the topics become relevant to him. Our Solar System, Sharks, and, Camouflage. They are just as fantastic. All of the books in this series are board books and the target audience is toddlers.
With each book, they collaborate with an expert from the American Museum of Natural History and each expert has a photograph and little blurb at the end of the book. This is a lovely way to introduce children to the very real people in our Scientific community and the jobs they do. I love this little touch!