Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Author/Artist Series: Eric Carle

I have a new appreciation for Eric Carle. I used to say to my sister that I didn't really see the appeal of his books. And she just said..."you'll see". And I do. Something magical has happened between Eric Carle and me these days. Suddenly, Jake can't get enough of his books...and neither can I. The lilting, repetitive nature of his text combined with the fun, funky shapes of his characters create a magical glow in Jake's face as he stares lovingly page after page (again and again).

In 2002, Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara started The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Their mission is to "inspire, especially in children and their families, an appreciation for and an understanding of the art of the picture book." The museum has three galleries of rotating exhibits, an art studio, an auditorium and library. I would love to take some of the art classes they offer...how fun! What a noble thing to do...start a museum so that your love of children and art can live on for future generations!

Did you know that The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 40 this year...and Eric Carle is turning 80? In honor of these birthdays, there is an exhibit called "80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar" running through August 30 at the Eric Carle Museum. The exhibit chronicles Eric Carle's life and career. If you'd like to send "Best Wishes" to Eric Carle, click here to download the Birthday Wish template and follow the instructions! Click here to see Eric Carle talk about his Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love him!

Happy Birthday Eric Carle, and thanks for all the happiness you're bringing us!

P.S. The shop sells this neat Eric Carle fabric...what could we make out of it?


becoming-mom said...

Jasper really loves the Polar Bear Polar Bear What do you Hear? Book. I am always a little surprised because it is the only non-rhyming book that keeps his attention. I think his work is fabulous.

I would love to visit his museum someday. I didn't even know it existed, so thank you!

Porch Days said...

Children love these books. The Hungry Caterpillar was a favorite at my house! I'm glad you are going to check out Kiva. You can loan as little as $25.

Parusha said...

Oh I love this post. The Hungry Caterpillar's one of my favourite children's books. When I was little I knew all the words off by heart!

Thanks for stopping by at my blog and leaving a comment! You have a lovely blog. I'll be back!

Creative Cotton said...

I used some of these books in my English classes at Primaryschool. Wonderful way to teach ESL. Kids love them.
I found you on Parusha's blog. Yours is full of colors and very cute n inspiring too.

smitten design said...

that fabric is awesome. you could make it like a canvas wrap and add it to the nursery or playroom...thanks for your sweet comment on my kitchen.

Meredith said...

I never knew about that museum?!
LOVE all of those books...I used to teach kindegarten and the kids went "gaga" over The Hungry Caterpillar!