The author of classic picture books like The Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, has new release coming in the Fall. Called Friends, the book will explore “the love that binds people and the obstacles they will overcome in order to be together.”
The story, according to a press release, was inspired by Carle’s friendship with Leo Lionni, another popular children’s book author.
Friends dates back to 1952, when I was a 22 year greenhorn who arrived in New York City from Germany, speaking poor English and carrying a cardboard suitcase and a portfolio of my graphic designs. It was my good luck to meet Leo Lionni, then the Art Director of Fortune magazine, who became my mentor. Upon his recommendation I got my first job in the new world as a graphic designer with The New York Times. After that a loose and infrequent friendship with Leo developed that lasted until his death in 1999. Friends started out as a tribute to Leo Lionni, but the story somehow swerved into the story of another friendship, that of two small children. All friendships are somehow connected.