Spotlight On: Author and Illustrator Eric Carle

carle photoI feel like I’m not worthy of creating a post on such a legend as Eric Carle, but here I go.  I love Eric Carle!  I remember reading his books as a child, learning all about him throughout college, and using his books as a teacher and mother.  I remember in college watching a video of him creating some of his works.  He was taking small pieces of different colored tissue paper and carefully creating a collage.  When finished, he had a creation that was uniquely his.  One can quickly identify Eric Carle’s work by its vibrant colors and simple-looking illustrations.

Eric Carle was born in the United States, but moved to Germany at age six.  He returned to the U.S. at age twenty-three and worked his way up in the area of graphic design/artistry. He was soon approached to collaborate with Bill Martin Jr. and viola-“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” was created!  Since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than 70 books, most of which have become best sellers!  One of his most treasured was one of the first that he wrote and illustrated, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Here is a video of Mr. Carle discussing the collaboration between him and Mr. Martin Jr.-Very interesting!

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