Eric Carle, Author of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ Dies at 91

A self-described “picture writer,” he wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for young children, selling more than 170 million copies.


By Julia Carmel

When a fictional caterpillar chomps through one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, five oranges, one piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon, it might get a stomach ache.

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