Eric Carle

27 Jun
June 27, 2012

Oh  Wordy Wednesday, how I’ve missed you.  This household has been on the crazy side lately with so many transitions going on.  The most difficult being that of the crib to toddler bed transition with twins.  Good bye sleep for me!  I usually blog at night, but now my nights consist of a longer bedtime routine and a later cleaning up of the house.  Hence, my time to blog is rivaled against any sleep I can get and I have had to choose sleep because of the new wake-up time of 5-6 a.m. these days.  I am counting on hoping this is one of those phases that doesn’t last too long, and things can get into a nice rhythm again.

Today I’m focusing on Eric Carle because he has a strong presence in this house (and many others).  We have a couple of his books and they have remained very popular with all three of the kids.  We were first given The Very Hungry Caterpillar a long time ago when Max was born.  If you are familiar with Carle’s work, you know that he uses very vibrant colors in his illustrations and his stories are simple and sweet so that you can add your own dialogue with your child.  I must say that the slide and find version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is probably one of the top 3 books grabbed for here by the kids.  The twinnies have learned so much from this book, and Dora will even ‘read’ it by herself saying the correct words for certain pages.  Max can read it by himself and it is definitely one of my favorites too. The book is designed to help children associate colors and meanings to objects.

Brown Bear was Eric Carle’s first collaboration (with Bill Martin Jr.) on a book and began his career in writing and illustrating his own books.  That book became a best-seller and he went on to create his first wholly written book, 1,2,3 to the Zoo followed by The Very Hungry Caterpillar which has been translated in over 50 languages.  He has illustrated more than 70 books, many of which he wrote and many that became best sellers.  More than 103 copies of his books have been sold around the world.  Born in Syracuse, New York in 1929, Eric moved to Germany when he was a child with his parents who were German immigrants.  He had a hard life there with the war going on and his father being drafted, later being taken as prisoner of war.  His story is quite sad if you take the time to read up on it.  He did end up moving back to New York City in 1952 and started working as a graphic designer for The New York Times.  He now divides his time living in the Florida Keys and North Carolina.

He has a very extensive website including a gallery of pictures from his childhood and family, pages showing you how he paints and creates, a section for his online store, video of him reading books, and more.  I hope you enjoy his books like we do, he is a very talented man who has an amazing legacy.

Carle states in his bio, “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

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4 replies
  1. Holly says:

    Eric Carle is a staple in our house too. Syvelle’s favorite is Catepillar…I had a nice board book version with a CD of Eric Carle reading the story. I’d always give it to her in her crib for nap time and play the cd. I have to say i was really surprised at how he read the story, it wasn’t anything like we read it, it was really serious sounding. Either way she loves it…and still a favorite to read anywhere anytime. We have lots of the other books too…Lyric likes to read Brown Bear and the Polar Bear books to syvelle in the back of my car when I’m running around with them. Kohl’s recently has had some others on their special $5 kids books section by their register. Great buys on those. I truly relate to the crib to bed drama…ugh. I play musical beds many nights as one wakes to something, then the other…2 nights ago syvelle had nightmares about spiders after i took them to natural history museum! bad idea…she wanted to try every different bed in our house to sleep in to make the spiders go away..i was up all night. poor thing…she has her mamma’s dreams…i’ve always had spider dreams. wishing you whatever sleep you can get!!

    • Hectic Harmony says:

      Thanks Holly! I enjoyed your comment :) Yes, I remember that sale at Kohl’s, but I haven’t seen it there recently. I will have to check out the Polar Bear book, we haven’t read that one yet.
      The sleeping has gotten better, we just had to adjust the bedtime routine. They are now sleeping next to one another in a twin bed on the floor. They aren’t fans of the toddler beds even though, I wish they were bc they are so cute.

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