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About the Author

Born in the United States, Eric Carle was taken as a six-year-old child by his parents back to their native country, Germany. Later, he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Applied Arts) in Stuttgart, and returned to New York in his early twenties as a graphic designer and artist. His many picture books are now known and loved by children around the world.
 
In 2002, Eric and his late wife, Barbara, opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts, where the works of distinguished picture book artists, nationally and internationally acclaimed, are exhibited in three spacious galleries.

Eric Carle passed away in 2021, at the age of 91.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593432282
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593432280
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 6 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 330L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 1
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great complement to the caterpillar.
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2020
Very nice. Size is just right for little hands.

I notice multiple reviews mentioning the "web" isn't pronounced (embossed?). It appears that such a feature is a part of the board-book version (which I selected).

I can only assume the hardcover comes with standard print paper pages, which would not allow for the touchy-feely webbing feature.

Now, off to find that chameleon!

Update: now that I've read the book 2000 times in the first 8 hours of ownership, I notice that the board book version I have showcases the cat twice. Interesting indeed. I wonder what animal is missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic story!
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
My 11 month old adores this book and I always feel nostalgic when reading it because I had it as a child. She loves that it goes through what each animal says as that is something she is currently obsessed with. I love that the spider, her string/web and the fly are subtly embossed making the pages fun to feel as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book with farm animals
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Fell apart quickly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective. Nice bedtime read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well i never knew this existed!
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