This anthology celebrates and elucidates contemporary picture-book art, particularly that which has been exhibited at the Eric Carle Museum. An introduction (and entry) is penned by Carle himself; an afterword from the museum director highlights the institution’s mission of nurturing young artists. Ashley Bryan, Quentin Blake, Leo Lionni, Alice Provensen, and Gennady Spirin are among the contributors, whose comments are formatted as signed letters, illustrated with childhood photographs. The missives speak of early stirrings of creativity, struggles with school, the importance of mentors, the joy of living a passion. Each artist includes glorious self-portraits and a gatefold page that reveals a marvelous array of sketches, color mixes, and studio scenes. All readers will find something that piques curiosity or provides insight: a page from Tomie dePaola’s first picture book (1965); Jerry Pinkney’s cowboy model and horse substitute; Paul Zelinsky’s sequential panels depicting the Renaissance-inspired technique used for Rapunzel and his portrait. While there is some overlap with Pat Cummings’s “Talking with Artists” series (S & S), there are no framing questions, so the illustrators ruminate freely. Sendak writes about finding “a space in the text so that the pictures can do the work.” Sabuda (whose portrait is a pop-up) envisions a “dance across the page.” Brief biographies and bibliographies conclude the title. A selective work, by nature, results in omissions, and there are some surprising absences. Yet, the end result is a gorgeous, browsable gallery of international treasures, with a behind-the-scenes tour led by the generous and gifted creators themselves. —School Library Journal
It's still in the family so I think it's okay--besides I think she's a bit young for it!
I am a special education teacher who reads this book to students for lessons on persistance, practice and finding mentors.
The 23 artists whose work comprises the pages of this book are certainly inspiring and exemplary.
Very nice. Provides much insight to the art for children set. Very nice collection.Published 1 month ago by Howard Myers
This is an awesome reference. I used it in my children's literature course, when my students did "Eric Carle" parr. He is AMAZING!Published 10 months ago by Deb L. Marciano
So often, people skim over the illustrator's name and like the pictures. This book helps all readers of beloved books understand where the artists are coming from and how they got... Read morePublished 12 months ago by kortney_mel
I bought this book for my granddaughter's eighth birthday. Since I am an artist, I do everything I can to encourage art making in my 2 granddaughters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joan Smith
I wish I had access to the treasures in this book when I was in elementary school! Still inspirational for someone young at heart. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JH
As an artist myself, I find it inspirational to talk with other artists and to explore the many things people do to express they're creativity and keep us collectively evolving our... Read morePublished 16 months ago by V. Lovelace
We wanted to encourage our grand daughter to continue to see the world through her own eyes and not let the school system corrupt that wonderful view. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Canaras60