We went to the Eric Carle museum and it was interesting to see so many illustrations I’ve never even heard of and to learn more about him. For instance, when he was a young boy his family moved to Germany in the 1930’s to take care of his grandmother, and the town they lived in was destroyed by Nazi’s. His father was a POW, taken captive by the Soviet’s. Carle was also drafted to dig trenches during the war. Their home was one destroyed. He was later able to return to the NY with only $40 to his name, but he landed a job with The NY Times, later to serve in the Korean War.
He saw so much sadness and darkness, but look at the joy and brightness he depicted in his work! I’m continually amazed and inspired by those who find light in the darkness 💗
Sidenote: the original name is The Very Friendly Caterpillar was A Week with Willy Worm. A good change 😉