Friday, July 17, 2009

Book Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written by Eric Carl, this is a cute book about one very hungry caterpillar. This is one of the few books we borrowed at our local library that helps kids work on a specific fine motor skill - POKING.

The story progresses with the caterpillar eating through all kinds of food, leaving holes which are the perfect size for toddlers to poke their little fingers through. I used this to encourage poking and pointing with the index finger instead of the thumb. Matthew had a tendency of pointing or poking with his thumb, which is apparently common among kids with Down syndrome. Of course, there are other ways to teach poking with the index finger and eventually isolating it. But since Matthew generally likes books, why not hit two birds with one stone?

6 comments:

Perplexing Situation said...

We love this book. It's one of the 1st ones we ever bought.

I had no idea pointing with the thumb is something common to DS. Something to watch for.

Beverly said...

love this book

Brandie said...

Goldie loves to sign "butterfly" at the end!

Monica said...

This was one of Adam's favorite books when he was younger!!! We actually still have his books from when he was a little guy and he still enjoys them!!

My name is Sarah said...

I used to love this book:)

Monica Crumley said...

Hilarious! WE just did this tonight for the first time. JM would stick his chunky finger in the holes and I would tickle them through the backside. It was so fun. Great minds...