‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ author Eric Carle dies
Published: 12:01 PM, 27 May 2021
Eric Carle, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s classic ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has died aged 91
Eric Carle, author and illustrator of the beloved children’s classic ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has passed away at the age of 91, a statement from his official Instagram account confirmed on Wednesday.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other beloved classics, passed away on Sunday, May 23rd at the age of 91,” the statement read, without elaborating.
It continued: “When asked why he thinks The Very Hungry Caterpillar has remained popular for so long, Carle said, ‘I think it is a book of hope. Children need hope. You, little insignificant caterpillar can grow up into a beautiful butterfly and fly into the world with your talent.’
“Thank you, Eric Carle for sharing your great talent with so many generations of young readers,” it said.
‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, first published in 1969, features a caterpillar who eats his way through many different foods on different days of the week before finally emerging as a butterfly.
With its distinctive artwork and subtle educational concepts, the 224-word book has been translated into 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Carle wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for children, including ‘The Grouchy Ladybug’, ‘The Very Busy Spider’ and ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’.