Today is Eric Carle’s birthday. Carle, a former graphic designer, creates his books by cutting and layering paper pieces through a collage technique, and has his own picture book art museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. His famous hungry caterpillar chomped holes in the brightly colored pages of “chocolate cake, ice cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, sausage, watermelon, and a cupcake,” with a green leaf to help digestion. Finally blossoming as a butterfly – it is what it ate.
Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!