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代表作『はらぺこあおむし』(もりひさし 訳)で知られるエリック・カールさんが、5月23日(日)にお亡くなりになりました。91歳でした。





We are very sad to tell, that Eric Carle, the world-famous picture book author, known of his masterpiece “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”  has passed away on May 23, 2021. He was 91 years old.

Kaisei-sha as the publisher of his books in Japan, has been publishing  over 70 titles. Our edition of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was first published in 1976, and this year,  we are celebrating 45th anniversary. We are pleased to tell that this unique, colorful book has been the best seller of all times.

One of the memorable times with Eric is when he arrived to Japan in 2017. During the welcome lunch party at our office,  when one of our members showed his calligraphy as Japanese traditional culture, Eric suddenly stood up and said “Let me try!”.  After a very short-practice, he quickly painted a nice caterpillar by calligraphy!  At that time we realized that he was a born-artist!

Dear Eric, thank you very much  for your fabulous picture books and warm friendship with us. Please rest in peace.