The Secret Birthday Message.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1971. First edition. Thin quarto, original illustrated boards. With the original die cuts present. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. A very sharp copy.
Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including the 2003 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration. He also founded the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a 44,000 sq ft museum devoted to the art of children's books in located in Amherst. The Secret Birthday Message marks the early point of Carle's influential career and was written a few years after The Very Hungry Caterpillar.