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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

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  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Thursday Giveaway: Counting with the Very Hungry Catepillar App

In addition to the beautifully done My Very First App, now there's another wonderful Eric Carle app to add to your collection. Night & Day Studios just released Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar for iPhone and iPad. What I love about this app is the way it has captured Eric Carle's aesthetic. Crisp colorful images of all the fruits and junk foods are extremely faithful to Eric Carle's original cut paper collage in his classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As you know, Eric Carle's simple and modern art style allows for a lot of white space on the page and this app echoes this with a simple white background. No flashing lights or obnoxiously bright colors. No annoying sounds or frantic animation. The game utilizes the underlying concept of counting from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Preschoolers familiar with the book will love the role reversal. Now they, instead of the caterpillar, are empowered to select the foods to eat. In five levels of increasing difficulty, an optional voiceover narrates the game. You must "eat the fruit" by tapping the correct number. For example, the player is instructed to "Please eat three strawberries," and must tap the strawberriess on the screen. In a nice faithful touch to the book, once the fruit has been tapped, a hole appears as if the caterpillar has munched on through. Later levels challenge players by having more than just strawberries on the screen, so the player must sort through all the familiar foods to find the right one. Numbers displayed above the correctly tapped fruit reinforce counting skills from 1 to 10. There is no win or lose as this game is on a constant loop and, even if you tap the incorrect food or number, you are given seemingly infinite chances to get it right. Select options and you can choose to turn on or off the soothing background Mozart music, as well as the female voiceover. You can also change the game play from sequential to random order to challenge more advanced players. Would you like to give it a try? Night& Day Studios has graciously offered to giveaway games to FIVE of our lucky readers! Winners will have the option to choose from iPad or iPhone apps. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below and tell us your favorite food from Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Mine's the strawberry). The giveaway will be open until 12:00 pm EST tomorrow, Friday, November 4th and then five winners will be randomly chosen. Good luck! GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the five winners: Jeanie Taylor, Bonnie, Leslie, Lynn and Joyce! I'll be in touch soon about how to claim your prizes. Did you know that you can buy apps and eBooks and still support The Carle? Visit our App and eBook store and browse through our selection of apps and books based on favorite children's books. Then click the buttons below the description to purchase the app directly through iTunes. Each purchase donates a small percentage to The Carle that supports our mission of early literacy and education. Choose from Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App, Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and a whole lot more!

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Mrs. Hunewell
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 1:49 pm
We <i>love</i> Eric Carle here and are pretty excited to hear he has an app!! Although the children would like me to say "ice cream", I will have to say the <b>pickle</b> is my favorite!
R. Reeves
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 1:55 pm
Our 2yr old loves her Carle books!
Karen Gibson
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 11:32 am
Ivwould love to have this app. My grandchildren would love it.
Maryanna Johnson
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 12:04 pm
I would like to eat strawberries! I would be so excited to have the Eric Carle iPhone app!
Jenn
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 12:16 pm
I am torn between the strawberry and the ice cream cone... :)
Shannon Perry
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 12:27 pm
My son loves Eric Carle Books!
Claire Go
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 9:07 am
Mr Carle is a genius....definately ice cream!
Amanda poke
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 5:30 pm
The cute plum!! All of them look amazing :)
Darrin J
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 6:58 pm
I did a little survey of my family members. 4yr old- lollipop 5yr old- strawberry wife- leaf me- ice cream I would have thought that we would have had at least two the same.
LY
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 7:40 pm
I do love a good pear!
Lynn
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 7:45 pm
Right now, lollipop is big with my toddler!! :)
Claire Burgett
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 7:48 pm
We love the Oranges!
Sandi
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 10:04 pm
I love anything Eric Carle!!
Diane
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 3:29 pm
I am so excited that there is an app for that! My favorite food of the caterpillar would have to be the strawberry!
Audrey
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 2:03 pm
We would love to win this iPad app! We already have the other Eric Carle app and love it! Hmm, I like the pages with all of the junk food the best - probably the chocolate cake and the ice cream would be my favorites! :) VHC is my favorite kids book of all time! And now my kids love it too!
Joyce
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 2:18 pm
Strawberry
Bonnie
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 2:59 pm
Love, love, love VHC. Would love to have this app on my iPad. They all look so yummy!
Janelle
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:47 am
Salami!? Just kidding, my fav is the strawberry.
heather
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 3:32 am
They are all good, but if I can only pick one, I'd say the ice cream cone!
stacy guhl
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:13 am
Ice cream cone
Cathy Mealey
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:18 am
Visually, I just love the pickle! It looks so bumpy, dilly and perfect! My son would love this app on his iTouch...he is a big VHC fan!
Kristen
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:19 am
5 oranges!
Jennifer Berg
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:27 am
Lollipop!
Jessica
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:29 am
Ice Cream Cone! thanks
Kristen Bo
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 9:29 am
I like the ice cream cone the best!!

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