Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for Eric Carle

Born: 1929

Excellent BooksThe Hungry Little Caterpillar and over 70 others, many of which have won awards.

From His Life:  As a child, Eric often went on walks through forests with his dad.  His dad would find small animals or wildlife and teach Eric about the natural world.  He was always careful to return any bugs or critters to their homes when they were done learning about them. 

Advice for Aspiring Writers:   Books should be a discovery experience.  Eric once appeared on an episode on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  He said the following about Mr. Rogers: "I think he and I try to do the same thing, which is to take a subject we consider important and explore it with our audiences and readers.  We don't tell children, we let them discover for themselves." (quote from a newsletter by Eric Carle)



Laura Marcella said...

Love The Hungry Little Caterpillar! It's a children's picture book classic.

Jan Morrison said...

What a good idea - I'll check out your earlier ones. I love the hungry little caterpillar!
Jan Morrison

nutschell said...

I love Eric Carle's advice for writers. And I love the hungry little caterpillar! THanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Laura, I totally agree!

Jan, I hope you enjoy them!

Nutschell, I read that quote and thought, "That is one I need to share!" He has so many wonderful things to say, but I really resonated with that one.


Angela Felsted said...

Ooooh, I love Eric Carl!

Leovi said...

I totally agree with Eric, not only children have to discover for themselves but also the elderly. Life is exciting when you discover.

Carla said...

Me too, Angela!

Leovi, I think you said that well: Life IS exciting when you discover.


Dawn M. Hamsher said...

To go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book I made a sock puppet caterpillar and food from the book with hand-size holes in the center (made from poster board). As I read the book, the children would make the puppet eat the food by going through the hole (the paper food then would sit on my wrist like a bracelet).

Carla said...

Dawn, I LOVE this idea! I'm totally going to use it with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing!


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