In Western Massachusetts And Beyond, Eric Carle’s Legacy Is Far More Than His Books

Books on sale on the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, including Eric Carle’s first book. (Jill Kaufman/NEPM)

Illustrator and author Eric Carle is being remembered for his many children’s books, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” — and the museum of picture book art he founded with his wife.

Carle died this week at the age of 91, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Katrina Fitzpatrick and her two children, who are 4 and 2, visit the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst every week. They run around a lot, make art in a studio designed for children, and there’s story time.

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