Children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle, whose classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with other works gave millions of youngsters some of their earliest memories, has passed away, aged 91.
According to his family, the celebrated creative died on Sunday from kidney failure at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, with family members at his side.
Carle wrote and illustrated more than 70 books during his life, selling more than 170 million copies, but it was The Very Hungry Caterpillar that was by far his best-known book. Selling more than 55 million copies around the world since it was first published in 1969, the colourful book charmed generations of children and parents alike.
A statement released on his Facebook, the “Eric Carle Team” announced his passing and remembered the amazing legacy he left behind. “It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other beloved classics, passed away on Sunday, May 23rd, at the age of 91,” the statement said.