Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

As many of you have probably been able to tell from Google's homepage, today is the 40th anniversary of the beloved children's story THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.
Eric Carle wrote many famous children's tales on a variety of animals. Caterpillars, birds, elephants, roosters, sea horses, panda bears, and turtles only start the list!

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR was published in 1969. What I think is really neat is that today is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day,” so schools, libraries and bookstores will be hosting a variety of events and activities to celebrate. Can you imagine, as an author, having this level of fame? The fame part would be cool, of course, but not just that - I'm talking about touching children's lives and the lives of their families for 40 years running!! How amazing! Isn't that every author's goal? To touch lives and have our message linger in the hearts of readers for days, weeks, decades to come?

Makes you want to seriously consider the message you are sharing!

Here's an interesting blurb from Eric Carle's website:

Also in March, a special edition of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book featuring Eric Carle’s illustrations in a 3-dimensional format, will be available for sale at your local bookstore.

FUN!! Seriously, if you aren't familiar with these stories, please buy them in honor of Eric Carle today (and support the book industry!) or check them out from your local library. Your kids will thank you!


Eileen Astels Watson said...

Never heard of his books. I might have to find one for my niece and nephew, my kids are beyond this type of story now.

Hey, Betsy, are you aware that the movie Twilight is released on DVD tomorrow. My eldest is aching for us to pick one up. She never got to see it in theatres.

Erica Vetsch said...

How cool. I loved this book as a kid. :)

Andrea said...

This book is wonderful. My childhood. :]

Mindy Blanchard said...

Great blog, Betsy. Never heard about this book or author but I want to check it out now! Thanks