In Memory of Eric Carle - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

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"We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that

whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important."

Eric Carle, Author



Beloved children's author Eric Carle has passed away at 91 years young. His book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," stayed on my children's bookshelves during their entire childhood. The author's storybooks will live on for future generations. 


The story, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," teaches children to awaken their senses to the possibility of being open to challenges. Sometimes, we just want things to happen quickly but without patience and understanding, our eyes couldn't see all the beauty or something as simple as a caterpillar when it's hidden inside a cocoon before it turns into a beautiful butterfly. 


"The Very Hungry Caterpillar, " published in 1969, was welcomed by parents and delighted kids with its story of the metamorphosis." Source: (you can find the link under Eric Carle) in the first paragraph of this blog post. This month ActiveRain has presented the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story. Isn't it the truth, we know the world and share our life stories so that others may grow and be inspired or educated? Eric Carle's extraordinary talent as a Children's Author made it possible for children to realistically understand transformation in words, that were easy to understand with beautiful pictures too.


As a parent, I recall the absurdity to the fact that something inside a cocoon could eat itself out and turn into a very beautiful butterfly that flutters around in gardens seeking flowers to land on to stay alive. Eric Carle made it a lot easier for me to teach my children. Years later, I taught reading to children in Head Start and Special Education. I would look up and see their shiny faces and eyes that sparkled when I retold the story about "The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I look back now and think to myself, children who read books and have people to read them educational stories written by some of the greatest Children's Authors of all time, are the luckiest kids alive. 


I no longer have the honor of reading stories to my children or the kids I read to in school like I did many years ago, but I still thirst for knowledge and I allow my eyes to touch and see with the help of my trusty camera. This story is not an entry for the Contest, I dropped it into the Group ActiveRain Challenge to challenge AR members to write their stories before the deadline on May 31st, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time.  The photo in this story was taken the last time I visited Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth.  ---Patricia Feager


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Comments (29)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I enjoy reading that story and thank you for letting us know about the author's passing. His books will be read by generations to come. What a wonderful gift. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was another favorite of  my grandchildren. 

May 28, 2021 06:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - he wrote books to be treasured with fond memories for the kiddo's and their parents who read to them. Brown Bear was excellent! I'm glad he lived a long life and will be remembered. 

May 28, 2021 06:04 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

I should have added, he illustrated Brown Bear, wasn't the author. Although, for many, the illustrations make the book. :) 

May 31, 2021 09:13 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and make it a wonderful day!

May 28, 2021 06:50 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® - It's so nice to hear from you! I hope life in your world is absolutely wonderful. I'll be in WI further up from Waukesha next month for my brother-in-law's memorial services. 

May 28, 2021 06:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Patricia.....what a wonderful idea for a children's book.  I didn't know about it but now I do.   And good idea to remind everyone that there is still time to enter the May Challenge.  GET CRACKING EVERYONE......BRING ON YOUR STORIES!!

May 28, 2021 03:23 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker - It would make a great gift for a baby shower too. This was one of those books my kids and the children from the schools where I taught reading loved to hear over and over again. Butterflies in a child's world is one of the best discoveries. 

Yes! Let's get cracking.... time is nearly up for this May's contest. Thank you, so much for your generous time serving as one of the Judges. I'm so glad, I don't get to decide!

May 28, 2021 06:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ,

I love the photo and remember when you used it before..its so beautiful!! I love the idea for a children's book! Great reminder to get those post in for the May Challenge!!

May 28, 2021 03:57 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Japanese Gardens is one of my favorite places to visit. The gardens are well maintained and I take pictures each time I go. I am not sure if I used this one before but I might have. The scenery doesn't change but the weather does. I love to go in Spring and Fall the best. I didn't go there this spring because of all the rain we had and I've been so busy with business. I'm due for a visit,so don't be surprised if I post more pictures of the same scenes.  

May 28, 2021 06:13 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Our Daughter was given a small branch that had 2 Caterpillar cocoons on it.  When they came out as butterflies, my 4 yr grand daughter was super excited.  Our 2 yr old grandson was running all over the house, yelling


May 28, 2021 09:51 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That's a wonderful legacy to leave on the world and live with all the children of it! Bless him

May 28, 2021 10:20 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Oh wow, I had not heard of his death. My children loved his book. My daughter really loved "Brown Bear, Brown Bear". 

May 29, 2021 04:26 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Patricia,
I did not know about this book but you do make me want to buy it and read it. I have great-grandchildren that it might make a great gift for. 

Sadly, my parents died when I was young and I have no recollection of ever being read to. Perhaps that is why I have a thirst for knowledge... trying to make up for lost time.😊

May 29, 2021 05:04 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bruce Hicks - What a beautiful story! I can only imagine how excited your grandchildren were on the day the butterflies flew! I sure hope you will enter the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story

Stories like what you described are treasured memories. In my lifetime, I hope I  have that same experience. For now, vicariously, I will seal it in my dreams!

May 29, 2021 06:06 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Laura Cerrano - Your comment touched my soul. Yes! His legacy is tenderness of heart published in storybooks for all children and their parents to enjoy. Thank you.

May 29, 2021 06:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Freund - You're a good mom for introducing your children to Eric Carle's published children books. His books were so enlightening that they sparked their imaginations while teaching them the truth. 

May 29, 2021 06:29 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Patricia. I've also given his book at many baby showers. We're avid readers in our house. My daughter will be a first year teacher next year and will be teaching 2nd grade. She loves to read. When she was little she would beg us to read her one more book at bedtime.  I'm sure that will be a main focus for her classroom.

May 29, 2021 12:59 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Carla Freund - Congratulations to your daughter, a "first year teacher next year." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..." My daughter was the same. She is also an Educator who started out teaching English as a second language in Japan for 4 1/2 years, then off to teach in LaJolla, CA. Years later she began teaching to University level in Switzerland where she went on to get her PH.D and continues to teach at an international level. Oh, I'm so happy and proud of you for ingraining education into your daughter! When it comes to teaching, the sky is the limit! So many second graders will be moved to continue learning, just because of her passion to teach. I wish you and your family a world of knowledge and success. You have every readon to be proud!

May 30, 2021 11:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carol Williams - It's a sweet book. I hope you read it and share with your lovely grandchildren, especially if they never read Eric Carle's storybooks. There is no greater gift to give to little ones than the gift of good reading and comprehension. 

May 29, 2021 06:39 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful post and tribute to a gentle soul who found a way to reach out to children in a meaningful way!  LOVE your photo and how you described how he touched you, your children and countless others.  Good for you!  

May 29, 2021 08:49 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jan Green - Children do benefit from being read to and sharing quality time with parents or grandparents. Eric Carle had a gift for reaching out to children and relaying important messages. He sure did touch many souls and will not be forgotten. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you. 

May 29, 2021 09:17 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thanks to your post, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is now on my list of books to pick up before traveling to Arizona to meet little Kodah once born. Kenslee Mae, our 3 year old Gbaby girl is an avid reader and will love it. That photo of the bridge is enchanting Patricia!

May 29, 2021 09:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! How exciting! I'm so happy to hear you'll soon be taking a trip to Arizona to meet and hold in your arms little Kodah after he's come into this world. Your grandchildren have such beautiful names! May you visit with them often and spend a lot of quality time with them. It will do them as much good as it will you!

May 29, 2021 09:21 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Wonderful post.   

The photograph of the bridge in the Japaneese gardens is beautiful.  It make me want to plan a visit.

I echo your sentiments about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.    I think I need to find an old copy of that book to add to my library.    (I wish that I would have kept the copy that my kids had.)      


Best wishes for an awesome weekend.        

May 29, 2021 10:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Sondra Meyer: - Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth is my favorite place to visit because it's so beautiful and peaceful. Spring is gorgeous. Fall will take your breath away with so many Japanese Red Maples. I hope you get there someday soon. The Very Hungry Caterpillar had filled my kids hearts with joy. I wish I knew what happened to their storybook. But the memory lives on. I am also glad to know it was so special to you and your kids too. 

May 29, 2021 09:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a wonderful tribute to Eric Carle, Patricia. I certainly remmeber reading that book to my daughters many time when they were little.


May 29, 2021 11:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Reading to your daughters must bring back many happy memories for you and the girls too! They sure grow up fast, don't they? Childhood goes by fast, doesn't it? I hope you get to visit with them soon. 

May 29, 2021 09:27 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I find this post intriguing.  Thanks for giving us something to think about and enjoy

May 29, 2021 02:19 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ginger Harper - I am so glad to know you enjoyed it and that it gave you something to think about. Life is a story.... and about making memories forever. 

May 29, 2021 09:28 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Cooper loves that book and we search for very hungry caterpillars outside too. 

May 30, 2021 01:38 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Tammy Lankford, learning becomes real when parents and grandparents do exactly what you're doing with Cooper. Education doesn't have to end when you close the book. Teaching language skills and opening up their minds to new discoveries and learning expands their minds to opportunities! I love what you're doing for your grandchildren and I know you and your family are loved. How is the newest member to your family?

May 30, 2021 11:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my goodness, I love this tribute, Patricia. I loved reading that book to my boys and actually hosted it to numerous children as my boys loved it so much too! He was a brilliant writer as are you.

I am still convinced that you need to write a book. You are in a league of your own and there is no doubt that you would be a best selling author, Book #1! Love the photo too. You could also do your own photos for your book

May 30, 2021 06:30 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I can picture you sitting in front of your boys and other children reading while they eagerly learn new words, concepts, and ideas. Don't you just love the Q&A that comes as a result of reading to children who want to learn? Soon, you will be reading to your own grandchild and I am so excited for you! 

Thank you for the compliment. I always want to be a published author. It's not as easy as it looks but I will never quit writing. Personally, I'm not into self-publishing. I guess I'm one of those who do things the hard way. Seriously, what you think of me, makes me feel good and it's very encouraging. Thank you. 

May 30, 2021 11:15 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Reading is fundamental to learning and offering the gift of reading to young ones offers them immense opportunities.  You may have transferred that gift to many of the young ones you read to in the Headstart Program and they will have you to thank for that.

Jun 02, 2021 08:23 AM