Did You Know…?

…that The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was almost called, A Week With Willi Worm? This beloved children’s story, which has won numerous awards since publication in 1969, came thisclose to being about a bookworm named Willi. Luckily, Carle’s editor convinced him that a worm would not make a very likeable main character and the caterpillar story took flight. Of course this was years before the terrific and hilarious  Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin was written!

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