When I was a little girl my parents used to read to me every night before I went to bed. It’s a tradition I carry on with Mason and Kyla because I truly believe that it helped to instill a love of reading in me and I want that for my children. I read them all sorts of books: New releases, books based on their favorite TV characters and the classics. I must say that the classics are some of my favorites there is nothing like reading your children a book your parents used to read to you when you were little.
One of those books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is one of my favorite books for so many reasons, the illustrations and colors are beautiful and of course it teaches you about butterflies which every kid loves.
But my favorite part of the book is the dedication.
I know. That’s strange right?
But here’s the reason Eric Carle dedicates the book to his sister Christa.
When I was little girl no one had my name and I never saw it when out and about. Those mugs and cups with your name on it? I never had one of those! But this amazingly beautiful book had my name right in the very beginning and best of all it was spelled with a CH. It felt like it was dedicated to me. And for that I loved it. 20 years later, I still love it.
I know I’m not alone in my love for The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is why 45 years later it’s still a must read!
Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.
2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).
Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org)
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