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About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "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."

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Carles spend their summers in the nearby Berkshire hills.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "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."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; Brdbk edition (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399243860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399243868
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 23, 2015
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This is partly my fault for ordering the book so quickly when I saw the awesome deal. I got sick of reading Brown Bear Brown Bear a million times a day, so I decided to stock up on new books. I'm hoping this one is the only disappointment. I didn't realize exactly what was meant by top half, bottom half, this is not a book to read but more of an activity. My 17 month old son LOVES stories and reading books before bed, so this won't serve our purpose at all. That said, I'm sure in a year or so it will be a very easy way to entertain him and keep him still for a period of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Gale on March 11, 2010
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a stunning book about matching colors to different animals - the book is divided in half so you can keep the word "red" at the top, then flip through the book to match everything that is red - Eric Carle is, as usual, wonderful
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tama102 on November 30, 2011
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I bought this book for my son when he was one. His favorite book from infancy was Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and so I thought it would be good to get him another book by the same author. I was disappointed when I found it was way too advanced for him and he had no interest in it. However, now that he is older (27 months), this book is his favorite! He is just starting to be able to match the colors with the pictures. We read it every night together and with each night, his memory and comprehension grows. I am so happy with this book and glad I didn't give up on it earlier.
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By pixiechic on September 5, 2013
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I came across this book at our local bookstore and fell in love with it. I started using it in my preschool class, and now it's the kids' most favorite book! We start with a color on the top and then go through the pictures down below to find the one that matches asking the same question for each picture, "Is the lemon red? Noooooooo!" We do this until we match the right picture with the right color, and the kids ages 18 months to 3 years eat it right up. They love it!! I was surprised by some of the not-so-favorable reviews of this book...it's a HUGE favorite around my house and in my class!
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By fountained on December 10, 2013
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This is a great book to help teach your child colors. You can either match the top color with the picture on the bottom or vice versa. The colors are vibrant and the illustrations consist of simple things like fire trucks, butterflies, and grapes. Something different than the standard lift the flap and pop up books.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MCRS on April 13, 2007
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We checked this one out of the library after buying My Very First Book of Numbers. Unfortunately, it's not quite as good. First of all, although black, white, pink, and brown are represented, the color orange is missing - how can you skip one of the secondary colors?! Secondly, at least in the copy we saw, the fire engine is a muddy color somewhere in between red and brown (and definitely does not match the bright red color square). Finally, it would have been nice if the colors had been arranged in the order of the spectrum rather than randomly. This really had potential, but fell short.
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Eric Carle is known for bright pictures and simple text. Here is a book that will be good for children starting at under a year. Children can develop languages skills talking about the colors and the different items that go with them.
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I've pretty much never been disappointed in an Eric Carle book... I particularly like this one because it's split across the middle so your child can match the color pages to the correct colored animal. Very happy
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