50 Years Young: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebrates with Collector’s Edition

50 Years Young: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebrates with Collector’s Edition

 

Words | Jane Tara

“Again Mummy, again.”

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf…”

How many times did I read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar over the course of raising four boys? How many times did I begin story time with the words, “For my sister Christa” because even the dedication could not be left out? For my sons, every single word was to be read, over and over. Every single illustration was to be memorised, over and over. This very simple, yet brilliantly conveyed story was a classic in our house.

2019 marks 50 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar first munched his way through a variety of delicious food – and our hearts. To celebrate this milestone, a limited hardback edition with beautiful golden jacket is being released. Inside is some bonus content- the story of the making of this classic, and a letter to the reader from Eric Carle himself. It’s quite a celebration for the author. Eric Carle is not only celebrating the 50th anniversary of his beloved classic, but also his 90th birthday.

Eric Carle was born in the U.S. and was raised in Germany. He has written and/or illustrated over 70 picture books. With his late wife Barbara, he founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in the USA. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is his most successful book and one of the world’s top selling children’s books of all time, up there with the likes of Green Eggs and Ham and the Harry Potter series.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published on March 20, 1969. Since then, it has sold over 50 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over sixty-two languages. Apparently, a copy of the book is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. Its effortless combination of stunning illustrations and simple but intelligent concepts have contributed to its enduring appeal and phenomenal success.

So how many times have I read this classic book? Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t know. What I do know is… writing this article, remembering those countless night when my now grown boys were little… I’m just so glad that I did.

“Again Mummy, again.”

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf…”

To mark the anniversary make sure you take some time out to re-read this wonderful story with those that are dear to you.

Purchase a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar anniversary edition | Read Eric Carle’s 50th anniversary letter

 

 

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Publisher details

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author
Eric Carle
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Picture Book
Released
26 June, 2003

Synopsis

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.#1 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Younger Readers
Eric Carle
About the author

Eric Carle

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 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket, - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Books by Eric Carle

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  1. Ken Jones says:

    Yes perhaps we can translate into Bungaditj here at Berrin Country Mount Gambier. SA 5290