Who is Barbara Carle?
Barbara Carle was widely known as the wife of legendary American designer, illustrator and author of children’s books, Eric Carle. Her husband breathed his last on May 23. He was noted for his picture book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which has been translated into more than 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies. Also known as “Bobbie” to those close to her, she was an educator and champion of the arts, according to her obituary.
Eric Carle, the artist and author of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” a tale that has charmed generations of children and parents alike, died on Sunday at 91. He wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for young children. https://t.co/XCjXo96mqi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 26, 2021
How old was Barbara Carle?
Barbara Carle was 76 years old at the time of death.
Eric Carle First Wife
Barbara Ann Morrison was born in Statesville, North Carolina, on November 22, 1938. After graduating from Salem College in Winston-Salem, she moved to Manhattan to share an apartment with her older sister Pat.
She was working at the bookshop at The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, when she was introduced to her future husband, according to her obituary. They married in 1973. The couple would move to western Massachusetts.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in 2002.
Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the nonprofit arts center is a showcase for picture book illustrations from around the world.
“Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Carles traveled several times to Japan and were inspired by the beautiful picture book museums there,” her obituary read.
“They were also struck that there were no picture book museums in the United States.
“Together, they dedicated themselves to founding The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
The museum opened on Barbara’s birthday in 2002.
“When I began to do well, Bobbie was the one who said, ‘We have to give back.'” Eric Carle once said, according to his wife’s obituary.
Their museum has served hundreds of thousands of guests.
Barbara Carle Cause of Death
They both retired in 2004. Barbara died on September 7, 2015, at the age of 76.
Eric Carle Children
For over 30 years, Carle and his second wife, Barbara Morrison, lived in Northampton, Massachusetts.
He also owned a home in Key West, Florida. Carle had a son and a daughter. With his wife, he founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 44,000 sq ft (4,100 m2) devoted to the art of children’s books in Amherst adjacent to Hampshire College as part of the Hampshire College Cultural Village.
The Museum has welcomed more than 500,000 visitors, including more than 30,000 school children since it opened its doors in 2002.
Eric Carle Cause of Death
Carle died on Sunday, May 23, at his summer studio in Northampton, Mass.
His son, Rolf, informed him that the cause of his death was kidney failure. The obituary informing of Carle’s death on his website read, “In the light of the moon, holding on to a good start, a painter of rainbows, is now traveling across the night sky.”
From the Eric Carle Team: It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eric Carle, author & illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other beloved classics, passed away on 23rd at the age of 91.
Thank you for sharing your talent with generations of young readers. pic.twitter.com/wuMe4eqVXo
— eric carle (@ericcarle) May 26, 2021
Carle was born to German immigrants in Syracuse, NY on June 25, 1929.
While his mother, Johanna (Öelschlager) Carle, had a family business, and his father, Erich Carle, worked in a factory spray-painting washing machines. “When I was a small boy, my father would take me on walks across meadows and through woods,” Carle noted on his website.
“He would lift a stone or peel back the bark of a tree and show me the living things that scurried about.”
“He’d tell me about the life cycles of this or that small creature, and then he would carefully put the little creature back into its home.”
“I think in my books I honor my father by writing about small living things, and in a way I recapture those happy times, ” he added.
In 2002, Carle, along with his late wife, Barbara founded the ‘Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’. It is a nonprofit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, that seeks to “inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.” The unique museum collects, displays, and celebrates picture books.
He is survived by a son and a daughter.
Eric Carle Books
Carle was the author of children’s classics such as ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar, ‘ ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ and ‘The Very Busy Spider, ‘ which were widely loved across generations. In his career, he created more than 70 books for kids.
Eric Carle Obituary
Carle’s career took off when he was in his 30s. In an interview with the LA Times in 1995, Carle had said, “I had a lot of feelings, philosophical thoughts — at the age of 6. The only way I got older and wiser was that I got better trained. But that brain and soul were at their peak.”
Carle’s website gives a deep understanding of his books for children. “The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.
The themes of Eric Carle’s stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children, ” it said.
The celebrated author was awarded the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) in 2003, from the American Library Association. It is an organization that recognizes authors and illustrators whose books have created a significant contribution to children’s literature.
Politicians like George W Bush and Hillary Clinton were known to read the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to children on the campaign trail.