Happy birthday Eric Carle

"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."

Saturday (25 June) was Eric Carle's birthday.

Carle is a celebrated author and illustrator, whose most famous book is probably The Very Hungry Caterpillar (where the above quote comes from). To date it has been translated into more than 62 languages and has sold more than 52 million copies. (It also features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List.)

To celebrate his birthday, we are going to look at what makes Eric Carle's work so popular around the world.

Carle's books are so much more than words on a page. The artwork he uses is bold and fun, and he often adds an unexpected element, bringing in the other senses.

The Very Lonely Firefly, for example, features twinkling lights and, in The Very Quiet Cricket, the book creates lifelike sounds of cricket song. In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle made the pages look as if holes had been eaten in them by our munching caterpillar.

In much of his work, Eric Carle hopes to offer the reader an opportunity to learn something new with his topics usually drawing on his love of nature; The Very Hungry Caterpillar introduces the life stages of a butterfly, counting, and the days of the week, so it's fun and educational.

Since its initial publication in 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a firm favourite childhood book for many people and has won numerous awards.

So, to celebrate Eric Carle's birthday, why don't you revisit our hungry caterpillar, or meet him for the first time!

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