by Eric Carle
The book starts with an egg on a leaf, in the light of the moon.The sun comes up and a tiny caterpillar emerges and looks for food.
On consecutive days, the caterpillar eats through a single red apple, two (green) pears, three (purple) plums, four strawberries, and five oranges, which takes us from Monday to Friday.
Saturday: the caterpillar eats its way through many different foods: chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, and a slice of watermelon. The caterpillar gets a stomach ache as a result of eating all this food.
Sunday: the caterpillar eats through a single leaf, which makes the caterpillar feel better.
The now big caterpillar forms a cocoon (since the titular character is not a moth larva, this is poetic license).
On the final pages the caterpillar is now a ‘beautiful’ butterfly.