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Eric Carle

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Eric Carle Read AloudThe Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 60 languages and sold over 38 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 127 million copies of his books have sold around the world. Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions. Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

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ERIC CARLE BOOKSBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See written by Bill Martin Jr., 19671,2,3 to the Zoo, 1968The Very Tiny Seed, 1970Do You Want to Be My Friend?, 1971Rooster’s Off to See the World, 1972The Secret Birthday Message, 1972Walter the Baker, 1972Have You Seen My Cat?, 1973I See a Song, 1973My Very First Book of NumbersMy Very First Book of ColorsMy Very First Book of ShapesMy Very First Book of Words, 1974Why Noah Chose the Dove written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1974The Hole in the Dike written by Norma Green, 1975The Mixed-up Chameleon, 1975Eric Carle’s Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm, 1976 (out of print)The Grouchy Ladybug, 1977The Honeybee and the Robber, 1981Catch the Ball!Let’s Pain A RainbowWhat’s for Lunch?, 1982Chip Has Many Brothers written by Hans Baumann, 1983 then renamed Thank You Brother Bear, 1995The Very busy Spider, 1984The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley, 1985The Greedy Pyton by Richard Buckley, 1985The Mountain that Loved a Bird, by Alice McLerran, 1985Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, 1986My Very First Book of SoundsMy Very First Book of FoodMy Very First Book of ToolsMy Very First Book of TouchMy Very First Book of MotionMy Very First Book of GrowthMy Very First Book of HomesAll in a Day collected by Mitsumasa Anna, 1986A House for Hermit Crab, 1987The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundguard, 1988Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children, 1988Animals, Animals compiled by Laura Whipple, 1989The Very Quiet Crickets, 1990Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin, Jr., 1991Dragons, Dragons compiled by Laura Whipple, 1991Draw Me a Star, 1992Today Is Monday, 1993Eric Carle: Picture Writer, 1993My Apron, 1994The Very Lonely firefly, 1995Little Cloud, 1996The Art of Eric Carle, 1996From Head to Toe, 1997Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life, 1997Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life, 1997Hello, Red Fox, 1998You Can Make a Collage; A Very Simple How-=to-Book, 1998The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, 1999Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, 2000Dream Snow, 2000“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, 2002Where Are You going? To See My Friend!, 2003Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr., 2003Mister Seahorse, 200410 Little Rubber Ducks, 2005Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do You See?, 2007The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse, 2011FRIENDS, 2013


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