Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating its 40th birthday this spring! Publisher's Weekly has published an article, Still Hungry After All These Years, that I commend to all fans of Carle and his caterpillar.
Having read The Art of Eric Carle a couple of years ago, I already knew a good bit of the story behind his early career, but I still learned (or re-learned) some new things. I particularly got a chuckle out of hearing that he got the idea for the Hungry Caterpillar one day while hole punching some papers. Just goes to show...you never know when even a mundane activity can spark something wonderful and creative.
Philomel Books is readying the first ever pop-up version of the book for a March release, so if you know any toddlers/preschoolers having birthdays this spring, you might want to put that on your gift list. A slew of other anniversary activities are being planned by the Penguin Young Readers Group. It's nice to know the Caterpillar is turning 40 in style.