25 June 2004

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!

Today is the 75th birthday of Eric Carle. 2004 also marks the 35th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

He says, "In the mid 1960’s Bill Martin Jr saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? What an inspiring book! Now the large sheets of paper, the colorful paints and fat brushes of my earlier school came to my mind. I was set on fire! It was possible, after all, to do something special that would show a child the joy to be found in books. This opportunity changed my life."

Happy 75th Birthday, Mr. Carle!

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