November 4, 2019

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Lieke Corpelijn

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Eric Carle, The Man Behind ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’

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Eric Carle, is known for his most famous work, ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar.’ He has been a children’s book author for years. He was born on 25th June 1929 in Syracuse, New York in a German immigrant family. His work ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’ published in 1969, has earned him …

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Eric Carle, is known for his most famous work, ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar.’ He has been a children’s book author for years. He was born on 25th June 1929 in Syracuse, New York in a German immigrant family. His work ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’ published in 1969, has earned him love from millions of children all over the world. It has been translated in at least 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. After that book was published in 1969 Eric Carle has published more than 70 books, lots of them are best sellers. Over 103 million copies of his books have been sold around the world. 

One day author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin saw an advertisement with a picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ was the result of their collaboration. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first original book was ‘1,2,3 To The Zoo  followed soon afterward by ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Most of Eric Carle’s illustrations are animals, and that is probably his father’s influence. When he was growing up, Carle and his dad would go on walks in the forest. They would stop and look at all the little animals and insects living there, and his father would tell him about how they live and grow. Carle always writes about growing and discovering. He had a hard time moving from home to school and he hopes that with his books, he can show the readers that growing and changing can be a lot of fun.