The Caterpillar Has Become a Butterfly

The inspiration behind the Caterpillar Crawl has passed at the age of 91. We encourage everyone to honor his legacy by sharing stories of the Caterpillar Crawl or memories from his book. We hope to continue his legacy by reminding current and future generations to embrace your talents and grow into a beautiful butterfly.

From the Eric Carle Team: It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other beloved classics, passed away on Sunday, May 23rd at the age of 91.

When asked why he thinks The Very Hungry Caterpillar has remained popular for so long, Carle said, “I think it is a book of hope. Children need hope. You, little insignificant caterpillar can grow up into a beautiful butterfly and fly into the world with your talent.”

Thank you, Eric Carle for sharing your great talent with so many generations of young readers.

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