Eric Carle, an American children’s book writer, has died at the age of 91. The author of books like Tuze the Hungry Caterpillar died Sunday at a summer home in Northampton, Massachusetts, surrounded by loved ones. (October 1, 2007)
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Karl was born in 1929 in Syracuse, New York, 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 mitigate that fear and replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are inherently creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is wonderful and fun at the same time,” the author said.
Karl has published more than 100 books, which have been translated into more than 60 languages, writes the DPA. His most famous work, a simple interactive book about a hungry caterpillar crawling through pages full of goodies and eventually transforming into a butterfly, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
The book was published in the United States in 1969. Published in Czech in 2018, with other books Where to Look for a Bear? From head to toe.
Carle’s children’s books are supplemented with illustrations, the vast majority of which were created by the author himself, which distinguishes her from other representatives of the genre by an unsurpassed color palette and unusual style. The Associated Press reports that the writer was inspired by the works of German Expressionists.