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Eric Carle and his world famous Caterpillar

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was released 50 years ago and has sold almost 50 million copies since then. According to the book’s publisher, a copy of the book is sold, somewhere in the world, every 30 seconds.

In a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was voted the number two children's picture book behind Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

There is an Eric Carle Museum in America, that is dedicated to collecting and preserving picture books. Eric Carle won numerous awards for his work in children's literature. He passed away in May 2021, at the age of 91.

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