Eric Carle’s first children’s illustrated book was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.

English: Christie Black, Miss Virginia reads t...

Christie Black, Miss Virginia reads the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to third-grade classes Friday at Fort Belvoir Elementary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Still a childhood favorite, Carle’s illustrations were paired with the story written by Bill Martin, Junior.

It became a best-seller.

Carle followed it by writing and illustrating 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo in 1968 and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, published on June 3, 1969.

His distinctive, water-color-looking art is actually collages, which he paints, cuts apart and assembles in layers.

In The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle combines learning numbers with the names of many common foods, and an introduction to nature with the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies.

The precise die-cut pages in this board book let little fingers poke through the holes in the fruit that the caterpillar has eaten.

With only a few exceptions, from 1969 to 2011, Carle has written and/or illustrated one to four books every year.

Twenty-nine million copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar have been sold in 45 languages of the 103 million copies of all of his books sold.

Google marked the  40th anniversary of the publishing of Carle’s book by asking him to design their Google doodle for the first day of Spring, March 20, 2009.

The American Academy of Pediatrics sent a version of the book out to health educators in 2011 to promote healthy eating.

Click here to order a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar from amazon to nestle with your grandchildren in your lap.

Do you remember reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your children?

Do you still have a copy of this beautifully illustrated book?

What other Carle books have you read?

To you and sharing beautiful art with your grandchildren.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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