Eric Carle

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Eric Carle

Eric Carle wrote and Illustrated Childrens books for a living. Some of his more popular work include the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mister Seahorse. Eric found an interest in his career when a teacher showed him to use art/literature as an escape from the world around him, during World War II which was happening right in his backyard. After all the chaos from the war subsided Eric used everything he had learned from his teacher and implemented it into a career. With his new wife Eric opened a museum dedicated to the art of childrens books. Eric is still alive and is currently 84 years old.


1929 - Born1939 - Father drafted into World War II1947 - Returned home after being taken prisoner1969 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published2002 -Opened Museum

With his wife, Eric Carle founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a 44,000 sq ftmuseum devoted to the art of children's books in Amherst located adjacent to Hampshire College as part of the Hampshire College Cultural Village. The Museum has welcomed more than 500,000 visitors since it opened its doors in 2002. Carle received an honorary doctorate from Bates College in 2007.

Lasting Impact

Eric Carle wrote/ illustrated childrens' books for a living. Some of these books were read to alot of us during our childhood, they entertained us and they educated us. Books like the hungry caterpillar were a large part of our childhood.


Sources:- Eric Carle: author/illustrator study






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