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Translated In 45 Languages

The 80-year old author will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA, signing merchandise at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Los Angeles Times Pavilion. The book is celebrating its 40th year in print and has sold 29 million copies in 45 languages.

Any guesses?

I had never heard of it until I became a parent. We have it in German and in English, and it was one of my daughter’s favorite books.

More about Eric Carle here.

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4 Responses to “Translated In 45 Languages”

  1. Jill says:

    It was one of my favorite books growing up too. I had no idea it has been in print for 40 years. Considering the fact that I will be 40 in August it appears the book and I grew up together :-).

  2. Michael says:

    Yeah for the very hungry caterpillar!

  3. Judy Jenner says:

    No, I would never have guessed. First I thought of our favorite author, Gabo (Gabriel García Márquez) What a record — 45 languages, that’s impressive. The English cover didn’t look familiar to me, but when I saw the German, I got childhood flashbacks, die liebe Raupe Nimmersatt! (I love that word.) Great to see that there are superstars in the world of children’s literature who can enjoy success for many decades. Our mom writes children’s books (8-12 years), and it would be amazing if her literature would be translated into even one language! (not by us, but someone who specializes in that type of literature).

  4. I have to admit that I had no idea of Eric Carle’s life story until I recently heard a biography of him on NPR. It was interesting to hear how he experimented with various ideas for the book until finally hitting the magic formula with the hungry caterpillar that becomes a butterfly. We have it in English and French and my daughter loves it too!

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