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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Summer (The World of Eric Carle) by [Eric Carle]

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"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's modern classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too. A fun gift package for caterpillar fans. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson

Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola: Author One-on-One

Eric Carle is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other children’s books. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of Strega Nona: Her Story and countless other books. They recently had a conversation about their careers as picture book authors. Eric Carle

Tomie dePaola: When I was only four years old, I announced to my family in particular and to the world in general that I was going to become an artist, and write stories and draw pictures for books. I never swayed from that early declaration. I’ve always been curious to know, what inspired you to become a creator and illustrator of picture books?

Eric Carle: My career began as a graphic designer and for a number of years I worked as an art director for an advertising agency in New York. In the mid 1960's Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate his Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Well, I was set on fire! I was so inspired by this book, and the opportunity to illustrate it changed my life. After that, I started to create my own books, both words and pictures, and really it was then that I had found my true course in life.

Now, I have a question for you, Tomie. How would you describe your artistic style, and has it changed over time?

Tomie dePaola: My illustration style is heavily influenced by folk art--strong simple shapes, bold lines, color, color, color and a deceptive simplicity. My style began to develop early in art school, and through the years, it hasn’t changed very much, but it has refined itself. How would you describe yours?

Eric Carle: My aim with my work is to simplify and refine, be logical and harmonious. I like to use simple shapes, bright colors and a lot of white space. I write for the child inside of me. That is always where I begin.

Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola: I do, as well. The only audience I keep in mind is that four-year-old in me. People sometimes ask me what advice I would give to young artists. I always think of the wonderful advice I received from my twin cousins when they were in art school in the late '30s. They told me, “Practice, practice, practice and don’t copy.”

Eric Carle: I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT. I want to be encouraging but I can only offer the example of my own experience, which is just one approach. There are many wonderful artists to learn about, which is important. But you must use your own imagination. You have to just do it.

Tomie dePaola: How do you feel knowing that a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world?

Eric Carle: It is hard for me, maybe for others too, to grasp this concept. But I am truly honored that my story is enjoyed by so many and that it is now being shared by a generation of parents who grew up with my book. How about your Strega Nona. She is one of your most popular characters. Can you share how she came to be?

Tomie dePaola: In the ‘70s when I was teaching at a college, we were required to attend faculty meetings. I always sat in the back with a yellow legal pad. Everyone thought I was taking notes. At one meeting a doodle appeared of a little lady with a big nose and a big chin. I named her Strega Nona, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, how will you be celebrating the third annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day this year?

Eric Carle: On The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20th, I will probably be at home with my wife, Bobbie (I am a bit of a hermit, actually). But I will be saying a little toast to the caterpillar for whom I have a special place in my heart. And speaking of holidays, isn’t your favorite holiday Christmas. Do you have a special Christmas memory?

Tomie dePaola: Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite Christmas was the one when I received tons and tons of art supplies: everything from an easel to paints, pads and pads of paper, and “how to draw” books.
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About the Author

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 been translated into 70 languages and sold over 55 million copies. Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 170 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2003, Carle received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 2002, Eric and his wife, Barbara, cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts, a 40,000-square-foot space dedicated to the celebration of picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world, underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Eric Carle passed away in May 2021 at the age of 91. His work remains an important influence on artists and illustrators at work today. www.eric-carle.com --This text refers to the board_book edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09F5TL4NX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ World of Eric Carle (May 3, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 3, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 26 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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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 62 languages and sold over 41 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

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 and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. He divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

For more information about Eric Carle and his books please visit:

The Official Eric Carle web site: http://www.eric-carle.com

Eric Carle's Blog: http://www.ericcarleblog.blogspot.com

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: http://www.carlemuseum.org

The World of Eric Carle Amazon UK page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/1658013031

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Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
By Rose H. 🌈 on March 23, 2019
I have always been a fan of Eric Carle books, and we have the whole series, included the Very Hungry Caterpillar! 
My husband and I decided to accompany the book with its teether Rattle for our little one when he was 4 months old because we thought he would enjoy the reading time of this book more... we were right.
He has loved the book and his rattle too. He loved let the toy caterpillar eat the pages while I was reading for him and put his little fingers in the holes.
The illustrations are so unique and eye catching, the colors are bright, the pages are sturdy and the story holds his attention.
This book, like the others of Eric Carle, is interactive and rhythmic.
Children learn easily colors, the name of different fruits and foods and even counting how many are in each page. 
The book is small so it's easy to hold for a baby/toddler and very durable.
A must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adorable Book and Educational
By Venezia on February 9, 2018
My baby loves loves loves this book! He is 2 and really likes the pictures of the different foods with the holes. It makes him laugh and smile and he loves saying the names of the different foods. He constantly pulls this book out to read. We have a lot of fun with him. It just gets him excited. I think every baby needs this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for picky eaters
By Tim N on August 5, 2019
Our 1.5 year old son didn't always enjoy meal time due to health reasons. This book has definitely helped him a lot to be motivated to try to eat more. We tried to feed him the foods that he is able to eat that match the book and ask him if he also wants to eat with catipilar and he will eat 80% more that way. We leave one sentence out when we read to him...the part about feeling sick/too full. He always asks for more food and more catipilar now. It's not a book that he just allows us to read once and be done. The pages are easy for little fingers to turn due to the varying sizes. He tries to poke his fingers in the holes but they're getting too big to fit which is a good thing. Sometimes he will try to look through the holes too. The golden sticker celebrating 50 years was scratched/ damaged upon arrival.. .not that our son even noticed.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
By Coryn Thomas on December 12, 2019
I got this book for my 16 month old daughter. A friend had it for her son, and I just needed to have it. The book is perfect, the colors are bright and beautiful. We love it! There are no flaws, the quality is incredible. 100/100 recommend! The illustrations are adorable, and the story is too cute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a classic must have
Reviewed in Canada on September 27, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a classic must have
Reviewed in Canada on September 27, 2019
This is to replace my lost copy.
It is smaller than I expected. I didn't read the size, so my fault. I thought it would be closer to the size of the Brown Bear board book.

I read books to children (daycare) so I should have bought a bigger one.
I'm including a picture of it with several famous books that most people know the size of so you can see the size.
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Reviewed in Canada on September 25, 2019
Ordered this book for my baby due in march and i love it !! this is one of my childhood favourites, the quality is super good, didn’t come warped or bent, over all i’m VERY happy with this purchase!!
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