Beloved children’s book author/illustrator Eric Carle has died aged 91.
Her family confirmed the news with a tribute message posted on their website Wednesday evening. He said: “In the light of the moon, clinging to a lucky star, a painter of rainbows, now travels across the night sky.”
According to New York Times, Carle died Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. His son Rolf told the publication that the cause of death was kidney failure.
Carle’s career as a writer and illustrator took off in the 1960s, following the publication of Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? with Bill Martin, Jr. He would write and illustrate over 70 books, which have sold over 170 million copies. Some of his most famous titles include 1977 The Grumpy Ladybug1984 The Busy Spiderand 1986 Daddy, please take the moon for me. However, his most famous work was that of 1969 The hungry caterpillarwhich is said to have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.
In honour of The hungry caterpillars 50th anniversary, Carle spoke about the origins of the book and why he thinks it has become such a classic.
“Where did the idea come from? In the case of caterpillar, I had an idea about a worm; so this is the start of The hungry caterpillarhe said in a Penguin Kids video. “This book was made in 62 languages. I think it was the kids who kept it on the market for 50 years. So it has something to do with loving something, and it makes me feel very good.
He continued, “It’s a book of hope. Children need hope. Your insignificant little caterpillar can grow into a beautiful butterfly and fly around the world…I think that’s the appeal of the book.