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A very hungry crayon

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Eric Carle, whose hungry caterpillar served as the logo for the L.A. Times Festival of Books earlier this year, will be presented with a special crayon today in Massachusetts. In a public event at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Crayola will present the children’s book author and artist with a 5-foot-tall crayon, in the color they’ve named Very Hungry Caterpillar Green.

It’s the first such award in five years. The last recipient was Oprah Winfrey, who received a ‘The Color Purple’ crayon, which was, not surprisingly, purple.

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ a book that’s both beautiful and -- with the holes the caterpillar ‘chews’ through its pages -- delightfully surprising. It has sold 29 million copies in 45 languages. Creator Carle celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

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Attendees will be treated to ice cream and cake and get their own caterpillar-green crayons today only, while supplies last.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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