Here is a lovely post from Jennie about a wonderful children’s book.
Fifty years. That’s a very long time. For a book to still be alive, vibrant, and read all over the world – fifty years later – is astounding. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, with a golden book jacket.
The caterpillar in the story wasn’t always a caterpillar. Initially it was a worm, and the book was titled A Week With Willi the Worm.
The editor wasn’t crazy about a worm. When she suggested a caterpillar, Carle immediately said butterfly, and the story was born. The favorite part of the book for children, also a nightmare for the publisher, is the five pages of fruit for each weekday – with a hole through the fruit. Carle’s inspiration came from using a holepunch at work.
“On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.”
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