Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York in 1929. When he was six-years-old, he moved with his family to Germany. During his childhood, his father introduced him to nature, and his mother nurtured his love of art. Both of these passions gave him comfort during WWII. After graduating from a prestigious art school, Carle fulfilled his dream of returning back to the United States in 1952 with only $40 in his pocket. While working at an advertising agency, he was asked by Bill Martin Jr. to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Soon after, he wrote and illustrated his first book, 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed by what can arguably be called his most famous work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into 62 languages and sold over 41 million copies.
In 2002 Carle founded and opened the first museum dedicated solely to children’s picture book art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum aims to inspire a love of reading and art and celebrates illustrations from picture books around the world. Now in his 80s, Carle continues to write and illustrate stories.
Video: 40 Years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar From: Beyond Books Time: 4:45 minutes
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