The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author Eric Carle Dies Aged 91

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author Eric Carle Dies Aged 91
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Author Eric Carle Dies Aged 91.

Eric Carle, author of the iconic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has tragically died aged 91.

The US author of the bestselling children’s book passed away last Sunday according to his family. His family commented that: “In the light of the moon, holding on to a good star, a painter of rainbows is now travelling across the night sky.”

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The Very Hungary Caterpillar is Carle’s most famous book and is a childhood favourite of many around the world. It is now estimated that one copy of this book is sold every few seconds.

The book was originally published in 1969 and since then has sold over 50 million copies. The book has brought joy to many children through the years as it tells the story of an extremely hungry caterpillar.

The book has been translated into over 60 languages and comes in at just 224 forwards long.


The American writer was born in Syracuse in New York, and he did not start to write children’s books until he was in 30s.

According to BBC in 2019 he explained the popularity of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The author explained that: “For many years, my publisher and editor and I did not know the reason for The Very Hungry Caterpillar being so popular,”

“But over time, I’ve come to feel that it is a book of hope. And it is this hopeful feeling that has made it a book readers of all ages enjoy and remember.”



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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