Wednesday, June 23, 2010

25th June Eric Carle (1929)

Eric Carle is 81 today! I think it is wonderful that there are so many older respected authors still contributing to the world of children's books. You know that they are still committed to something they thought was worthwhile a long time ago when their first book was published and with Eric Carle it is obvious that the passion of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear Brown Bear is still there too. The colour, the paper engineering, the special effects and the plots make each of his books memorable and so different from other picture books published at the same time. Last year when he celebrated his 80th and The Very Hungry Caterpillar its 40th we had big birthday celebrations in the library. We did collage, I did an author study with Kindergarten and we had lunchtime activities based on his myriad of books. I was so inspired that I used some of my long service leave to go to the USA and to the Eric Carle Museum.

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