‘Very Eric Carle’ Exhibit Will Have Your Little Bugs Buzzing

Very Eric Carle at Chicago Children's Museum

Very Eric Carle, a play-and-learn special exhibit featuring activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and The Very Busy Spider, has landed at the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier (now through Jan. 7).

Included with general admission to the Museum, this exhibit is broken up into several sections with each part focusing on one book in the series. Designers say it’s a way for kids to interact with some of their favorite characters.

Each story in the quintet of “Very” books is a testament to Eric Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity and the power of imagination. The messages of these books are found throughout the exhibit, inspiring tykes to think a little deeper about hope, hard work, love, belonging, and persistence in their own lives.

In this exhibit, kids can:

  • Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path
  • Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
  • Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly
  • Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
  • Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
  • Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s Very Series as well as works in progress

For hours, admission, and general information visit the Chicago Children’s Museum website.

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