2019 Marks the 50th year for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Darian Graivshark
Photo of the cover of the book with the number 50 on it to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Selling over fifty million copies worldwide, and translated in over sixty-two languages,The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969.

In 2019, we celebrate the 50th year since the book was released by Eric Carle. Carle designed, illustrated, and wrote the book himself.The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children's picture book, and it has been described as "one of the greatest childhood classics of all time" by Kate Taylor in 2004.

Carle's artwork style is a collage technique, which is done by using hand-painted papers that are cut and layered to form images. Where did Carle get his themes, though? It was drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature. The love of nature is something that is usually shared with most small children.

Instead of making his books just something good to look at, Carle made sure to include a way for readers to learn about the world around them.The Very Hungry Caterpillargoes through the process of how a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly, called metamorphosis.

Caterpillars are scientifically called larva during the stage that they are feeding on leaves. As they feed on leaves they grow longer and become more plump after many molts, or shedding of the skin. Suddenly, the caterpillar will stop eating, and hang upside down from a small stem, usually. It will then spin itself a silky cocoon, and it transforms its body inside of that cocoon. Eventually, it emerges as the butterfly.

"With many of my books, I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me, home represents: warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held . . . " Carle wrote on his website in the Biographical Notes section.

Since he publishedThe Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle has published more than seventy books, with more than 145 million copies that have sold worldwide.The Very Hungry Caterpillar came after Carle's original book1, 2, 3, to the Zoo.

Interested in being a part of the fiftieth celebration? Stop by the Gonzales or Galvez Ascension Parish Library on Saturday, January 19 between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for their Make and Take event. Here, children can make colorful caterpillar finger paintings and Hungry Caterpillar crowns.

The Gonzales library is located at 708 S. Irma Blvd, and the Galvez library is located at 40300 Hwy 42 in Prairieville.

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