Eric Carle, the creator and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, died on May 23 at the age of 91.
His death was revealed by his publisher, Penguin Kids, and on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Penguin Kids tweeted, “It is with sorrowful hearts that we relay the news that Eric Carle, author and artist of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other treasured classics, passed away on May 23rd at the age of 91.” “Thank you for allowing generations of young readers to benefit from your incredible gift.”
Getty Images/Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe Eric Carle is a children’s book author and illustrator.
Carle’s most renowned book, initially published in 1969, went on to sell millions of copies around the world, despite the author’s initial doubts.
In 1994, when the book turned 25, Carle told EW, “I didn’t believe it was going to be an outstanding book.” “However, children adore it. ‘You scrawny, ugly little thing will grow up and fly and showcase your brilliance and beauty,’ Caterpillar encourages young children ”
Carle wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for children over the course of his career, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967) and Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (2000). Over the years, he received a number of honorary degrees.
Carle was honoured by the Association for Library Service to Children with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (formerly known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) in 2003.
Eric Carle, creator and artist of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other treasured classics, passed away on May 23rd at the age of 91, leaving us with sorrowful hearts.
Thank you for allowing generations of young readers to benefit from your incredible skills. pic.twitter.com/wc3srDQr5m #RememberingEricCarle
May 26, 2021 — Penguin Kids (@penguinkids)