The big 4-0 was a tough birthday for many of us. But Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is aging with beauty and grace.
No matter how many times we read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to our kids, it never gets old.
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" has sold 29 million copies and has licensing deals, Newsweek reports, of $50 million annually. With the money, Carle established the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.; its exhibits have celebrated works by Dorothy Kunhardt ("Pat the Bunny"), Arnold Lobel ("Frog and Toad") and Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are").
"It is a book about hope. If you're an insignificant caterpillar, you can grow up to be a big butterfly in the world," Carle told Newsweek. In a video on his website to celebrate the book's 40th anniversary, he says "growing up can be very difficult -- it's a big secret, it's a big challenge for children -- I like to help the children along." The video also includes film of Carle at work, creating his famous caterpillar for the camera.
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