Think back to your childhood. Did you have any favorite books? I sure did. I had A LOT of favorites. In fact I am still in possession of most of my childhood favorites. I kept them all these years because I wanted to share my beloved books with my children and someday my grandchildren too.
Every now and then I’ll take a few of the books out of storage and flip through the pages and reminisce about how much I enjoyed reading the books and what fun adventures I took in my mind when I was reading them.
One book that I loved as a child (and still do today) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary this year. WOW!
I remember sitting in my playroom by my bookcase flipping through the pages of this book. I remember feeling sorry for the little caterpillar because he was so hungry and nothing filled him up. I would think to myself that someone should make him a dinner like my mom would make (meat, potato and a vegetable) because that would fill him up more than some leaves. I was happy when he was finally full.
I have always loved butterflies. I wonder if that stems from reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Here is a little more information about this classic book’s anniversary.
2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).
Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.
Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.
I love that they marked the first day of spring Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. That is a cute idea and a fun way to mark this special anniversary.
If you would like to learn more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle books you can visit the Official Site and you can “like” The World of Eric Carle on Facebook. In addition you can check out Penguin Kids, the book’s publisher on both Facebook (Penguin Kids) and on Twitter (@PenguinKids).
To help celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s anniversary I have a special giveaway, compliments of Penguin. One winner will receive;
- A limited edition anniversary tote
- A copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (board book)
- Plush Caterpillar
This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and will end on February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and share with my a special memory you have about The Very Hungry Caterpillar – or – tell me why you want to win this prize package?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.
*I will be receiving a similar prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.