Author and illustrator Eric Carle, who rocked generations of children with his colorful book “The Caterpillar That Makes Holes”, has died at the age of 91, his entourage announced Wednesday.
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With a very sad heart I announced that Eric Carle, author and designer of The Caterpillar That Makes the Hole and many other wonderful classics, passed away on Sunday May 23, at the age of 91, his team announced Social Networking Day.
Born in New York state in 1929 to German parents, Eric Carle grew up in Nazi Germany, and he is a scholar he called “colorless” on NPR. He crossed the Atlantic again in the early 1950s and entered the world of advertising. He wrote his first children’s books in the mid-1960s, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
In 1969, The Caterpillar That Makes Holes, which quickly became a cult book with holes in the pages, was released on a small caterpillar whose appetite kept growing. Within a week, an insect bites an apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, five oranges, chocolate, cheese … until it becomes a gorgeous multi-colored butterfly.
Many people expressed their grief on Wednesday evening, praising the writer who commemorated millions of children.
“Eric Karl is dead – but he left us the ‘caterpillar that makes the holes’, ‘the brown bear, the brown bear’ – books that I have read to my children and now my grandchildren,” tweeted “actress Mia Farrow.”
When asked why this book remains popular, Eric Carle said, according to his team: “I think it is a book of hope. Children need hope. You, an unimportant little caterpillar, can become a beautiful butterfly and fly around the world with your talent.”
In total, Eric Karl will write more than 70 books, which have sold millions of copies. Many of them have been translated into French.