Eric Carle, an American children’s book writer, passed away at the age of 91, the Associated Press reported. The writer’s family said today that an author of books like Tuze the Hungry Caterpillar died Sunday at a summer home in Northampton, Massachusetts, surrounded by loved ones.
Born in 1929 in Syracuse, New York, Karl is the son of German immigrants who returned home six years after his birth. Karl returned to the United States in the 1950s, where his childhood under the Nazi regime inspired him to write books for young children.
“The unknown often brings fear. In my books I try to alleviate this fear and replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are inherently creative and eager to learn. I want to make it clear to them that learning is fun and enjoyable at the same time,” the writer said.
Karl has published more than 100 books, which have been translated into more than 60 languages, the Department of Political Affairs writes. His most famous work, a simple interactive book about a hungry caterpillar, crawls through pages full of goodies and eventually turns into a butterfly, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. The book was published in the United States in 1969. It was published in the Czech language in 2018, along with other books Where do you look for a bear? And from head to toe.
Carle’s children’s books are supplemented with illustrations, the vast majority of which were created by the author himself and which distinguish them from other representatives of the genre with an unsurpassed color palette and unusual style. The Associated Press states that the writer was inspired by the works of German Expressionism.
Author Eric Carle has written books for children, including the title Tuze Hunger Caterpillar. | Photo: Reuters