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'Very Hungry Caterpillar' author Eric Carle dies aged 91

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Artist Eric Carle, an illustrator and author of childrens books, with some of the materials he uses to create the art for his books. Carle poses in a gallery of the Eric Carle Museum. Carle was instrumental in the planning and building of the museum. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Artist Eric Carle, an illustrator and author of childrens books, with some of the materials he uses to create the art for his books. Carle poses in a gallery of the Eric Carle Museum. Carle was instrumental in the planning and building of the museum. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Eric Carle, author and illustrator of the beloved children's classic "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," has died aged 91, according to a statement from his official Instagram account on Wednesday.

The book, first published in 1969, features a caterpillar who eats his way through many different foods on different days of the week before finally emerging as a butterfly.

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