The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (first published 1969)
Introduced by Emma Balch
It’s World Book Day today and my imps have gone off to school dressed as Tintin and Tintin in disguise (along with Snowy the dog – thanks to Barty Brotherton-Ratcliffe at Bartrums stationers in Hay-on-Wye for the prop loan). Anne Brichto of Addyman’s, Hay’s Instramming bookseller, used children’s classic, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, as the inspiration for her Bookseller’s Breakfast photo. It reminded me of my son’s 2nd birthday when we did a party themed on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and the party food was what the caterpillar ate. We swapped the pickle for cucumber and the cherry pie for a bowl of cherries, but otherwise we stuck to the book.
Here Eric Carle reads A Very Hungry Caterpillar:
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theatre, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and four onsite graduate programs in Children’s Literature in collaboration with Simmons College.
Learn more about The Carle in this television interview with Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy.