by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
This year the classic children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be turning 50 years old. The book was written by Eric Carle and the book came out on June 3, 1969. The 50th Anniversary book has a special gold covering with a 50 behind the familiar caterpillar. The book will also have a special letter from the author himself. There will be also some bonus content coming from children’s literary advocate Dolly Parton and there will be an essay on the historical significance of the book as well.
Not only did Carle write the story he also made the artwork for it along with all his books. He first started by punching holes into stacked pieces of paper one day and thought to himself that it looked like a bookworm. The bookworm then became a little green worm then turned into the hungry caterpillar that readers came to know and love. This book alone has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and has won many prestigious awards in art and literature. In an interview with Penguin Putnam Publishing House Carle speaks about why he believes the book still remains popular to this day.
Carle believes the book has the message that kids may relate to a small insignificant caterpillar who goes through life and eventually becomes a butterfly. Meaning that all their dreams and talents can become a reality. Libraries around the globe will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the book in June. Also, the book’s national holiday, Hungry Caterpillar Day, will also celebrate the birthday as well. The holiday takes place on the first day of spring each year.