American illustrator and writer Eric Carle died on Sunday at the age of 91. He is best known for the childrens picture book Caterpillar Never. Carle died at his home in Northampton, Massachusetts state, reports his family. A cause of death was not given.
Carle wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as the original is called, in 1969, about a caterpillar that is always hungry and continues to eat until it becomes a butterfly. Generations of children grew up with the story. The picture book about the caterpillar was and still stands in the closet among many people, among other kindergarten classics such as the red cat Dikkie Dik, the rabbit Miffy and Kleine Bear.
Caterpillar Never enough has also become a common nickname. For example, former PVDAer Ad Melkert was known by that name within VVD circles, because he was extremely ambitious and as a negotiator he tried to get the most out of his power.
Carle produced more than seventy childrens books, which have been published in dozens of languages and of which more than 170 million copies have been sold. His work is often recognizable due to the use of colour. Other books he made are Bear Brown, what do you see there? And Papa, will you take the moon for me?
Carle lived much of his childhood in Germany. He also made World War II. “During the war there were no colors,” he once told about that on American radio. “Everything was gray and brown.”