Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar author and illustrator, dies at 91

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Thursday May 27, 2021 at 12:12pm
Beloved children’s author who inspired millions of children died at summer home in Massachusetts, say family

Eric Carle, the children’s author and illustrator whose classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other works gave millions of children some of their earliest literary memories, has died at age 91.

Carle’s family said he died of kidney failure on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, with family members at his side.

On Thursday, all sectors of the creative community were publicly paying tribute to the author and his work, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, indie rock band the Mountain Goats and actor Mia Farrow.


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