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    Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work,The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since theCaterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

    Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department ofThe New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

    One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic,The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

    Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as inThe Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

    The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

    Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative a

    THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild inyour life?

    "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the bookand right into your child's heart..."
    Mother's Manual

    "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
    The New York Times Book Review


    ISBN 9780399226908
    Genre JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
    Format Board book
    Pages 13
    Publisher Date 1994-03-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Philomel Books
    Copyright Year 1969
    Height 5.0 in
    Wdth 7.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.37 lb
    Language English
    Audience Children/juvenile
    Authors Carle, Eric

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    • A Classic

      I read this book to my 3 children who are now grown. I bought this as part of a baby gift. So swee!

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    • My kids absolutely love this book.

      This book is very nice to have for bedtime stories.

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    • m

      Gift for grand child, she giggled and loved it.

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    • Cute counting book

      I love this book! It's short enough that my 5 month old can hold his attention, and I like the counting aspect to it. Very durable too.

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    • Pos

      Order this book for Christmas and did not receive it until after Christmas. Both our 41/2 yr old and 20 monthl old grandsons loved the story. It has become a favorite story.

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    • This is a classic book that will be reached for over and over. A sweet simple story that reenforces early learning skills. A nice gift for the 4 and under set.

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    • I love this book it reminds me of when I was a child. However I expected it to be a bigger than what it is. Still a very good book.

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    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

      I love this book! Author Eric Carle is wonderful. Fun and interactive book. Kids love it too! Note that the book is heavy cardboard to last for a long time and it is quite small. Not the large book you may have seen at the childrens library!

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      This is a tiny version of the BEST BOOK EVER!!!! Love the book just wish it was the actual board book size.

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    • Classic kids book

      My toddlers love this story. They pick this book for story time every night. It's a great price.

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      • For a Great Grand Daughter teaching herself to read.

      • A very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect 1st reader for toddlers. Fun & Colorful

      • I love Eric Carle books. I needed a birthday present for my great nephew who is turning 1 and bought two Carle books and the Very Hungry Caterpillar pull toy as my gift.

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