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.”