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The Roundtable

Eric Carle - In Memoriam

Joe Donahue and Eric Carle
Joe Donahue and Eric Carle

Eric Carle's picture books were often about insects: spiders, ladybugs, crickets, and of course - that famous caterpillar, all as colorful and friendly as Carle himself. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" came out in 1969 and became one of the bestselling children's books of all time. 

Carle passed away on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was 91 years old. 

Over the course of his career, Carle sullustrated more than 70 books for kids. 

In 2002, Carle and his wife, Barbara, founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts - inspired by the picture book museums they'd toured on visit to Japan. 

Joe spoke with Eric Carle at the museum in 2011 on the occassion of the release of his book "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse." We are that interview today, in memoriam.

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