Eric Carle, the popular children’s author and illustrator, was born on June 25, 1929 in New York state. His immigrant parents returned to Germany when he was quite young, and Carle spent the war in Germany. His father was conscripted early in the war, and Carle himself was conscripted to dig trenches at the age of 15.
In 1952, Carle returned to the United States. He began his artistic career as a graphic designer, but entered the world of children’s picture books when Bill Martin, Jr., asked him to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Before long, Carle was writing his own stories, including the well-loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969).
|Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar|
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“Biographical Notes for Eric Carle”, the official Eric Carle website http://www.eric-carle.com/bio.html
“Eric Carle”, Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Carle
Very Hungry Caterpillar from the Los Angeles Times website http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/08/eric-carle-crayon-award.html
Photo of Mr. Carle from the Eric Carle website: http://www.eric-carle.com/EricCarle_Reads_VHC.jpg