“In the light of the moon,
holding on to a good star,
a painter of rainbows
is now traveling across the night sky.”
Eric Carle’s Family
Eric Carle, the author of the best-selling children’s book The Hungry Caterpillar, has sadly passed away at the age of 91.
The Hungry Caterpillar has been a family favourite ever since its publication in 1969. It has sold over 50 million copies around the world, and been translated into 62 languages. It is estimated that a copy of The Hungry Caterpillar is purchased every 15 seconds nowadays.
The first version of the famous book was called A Week With Willi Worm, but Carle’s editor suggested that a worm would not be popular, which eventually resulted in the the story as we know it, with a caterpillar.
While he was very proud of his most successful creation, Carle was always quick to remind people that he was involved in over 70 different titles, including providing the illustrations for Bill Martin Jr’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
It is undeniable that Eric Carle’s creative contributions to the world went beyond The Hungry Caterpillar, but that book holds a special place in all of our hearts, as will the memory of Eric Carle.
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