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My Very First Library Board book – September 7, 2006


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  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Slp Brdbk edition (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399246665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399246661
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 2.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola: Author One-on-One

Eric Carle is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other children’s books. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of Strega Nona: Her Story and countless other books. They recently had a conversation about their careers as picture book authors. Eric Carle

Tomie dePaola: When I was only four years old, I announced to my family in particular and to the world in general that I was going to become an artist, and write stories and draw pictures for books. I never swayed from that early declaration. I’ve always been curious to know, what inspired you to become a creator and illustrator of picture books?

Eric Carle: My career began as a graphic designer and for a number of years I worked as an art director for an advertising agency in New York. In the mid 1960's Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate his Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Well, I was set on fire! I was so inspired by this book, and the opportunity to illustrate it changed my life. After that, I started to create my own books, both words and pictures, and really it was then that I had found my true course in life.

Now, I have a question for you, Tomie. How would you describe your artistic style, and has it changed over time?

Tomie dePaola: My illustration style is heavily influenced by folk art--strong simple shapes, bold lines, color, color, color and a deceptive simplicity. My style began to develop early in art school, and through the years, it hasn’t changed very much, but it has refined itself. How would you describe yours?

Eric Carle: My aim with my work is to simplify and refine, be logical and harmonious. I like to use simple shapes, bright colors and a lot of white space. I write for the child inside of me. That is always where I begin.

Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola: I do, as well. The only audience I keep in mind is that four-year-old in me. People sometimes ask me what advice I would give to young artists. I always think of the wonderful advice I received from my twin cousins when they were in art school in the late '30s. They told me, “Practice, practice, practice and don’t copy.”

Eric Carle: I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT. I want to be encouraging but I can only offer the example of my own experience, which is just one approach. There are many wonderful artists to learn about, which is important. But you must use your own imagination. You have to just do it.

Tomie dePaola: How do you feel knowing that a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world?

Eric Carle: It is hard for me, maybe for others too, to grasp this concept. But I am truly honored that my story is enjoyed by so many and that it is now being shared by a generation of parents who grew up with my book. How about your Strega Nona. She is one of your most popular characters. Can you share how she came to be?

Tomie dePaola: In the ‘70s when I was teaching at a college, we were required to attend faculty meetings. I always sat in the back with a yellow legal pad. Everyone thought I was taking notes. At one meeting a doodle appeared of a little lady with a big nose and a big chin. I named her Strega Nona, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, how will you be celebrating the third annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day this year?

Eric Carle: On The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20th, I will probably be at home with my wife, Bobbie (I am a bit of a hermit, actually). But I will be saying a little toast to the caterpillar for whom I have a special place in my heart. And speaking of holidays, isn’t your favorite holiday Christmas. Do you have a special Christmas memory?

Tomie dePaola: Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite Christmas was the one when I received tons and tons of art supplies: everything from an easel to paints, pads and pads of paper, and “how to draw” books.

About the Author

Eric Carle lives in Northampton, MA.

Customer Reviews

I love Eric Carle, his pictures are beautiful!
Briar Jenstad
I bought them for Christmas for my 3 year old daughter and she wants me to read them all the time.
M. Thompson
It will hold up since the book material is sturdy & great for small fingers to hold on to.
M. Inamine

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By H. Terhune on July 21, 2008
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I love the "My Very First Library" by Eric Carle concept but my daughter is only 11 months old and it's a little above her "reading" level just yet. The pages are divided in half making it hard for her to turn the pages so she just goes on to the next book. The books are about colors, shapes, etc. and you have to match the top of the page with the bottom of another page and I believe it requires a higher level of motor skills. Therefore, if you looking for Eric Carle books and have an infant or young toddler, I would go with the "Brown Bear & Friends" board book set, it's perfect for this age.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Inamine on April 21, 2008
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This collection of Eric Carle is one of my favorites. I gave it to a friend for her sons first birthday. It will hold up since the book material is sturdy & great for small fingers to hold on to. The illustrations are beautiful with colors that young children enjoy!
You will be pleased with this collection. Start reading with your child when they are young~ it is a gift for a lifetime!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Renee Jackson on July 18, 2007
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My daughter loved matching the pictures to the words/shapes/colors. She is five and eager to read. She said "I am reading!" while reading these books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on January 26, 2009
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These books are so cool. I bought them for Christmas for my 3 year old daughter and she wants me to read them all the time. What we really like is that instead of just reading it to her, it can be somewhat interactive. The pages of the book are split so there's the top section and the bottom section. "Numbers" for example, will have the number 1 on top with 1 block, then on the bottom she'll find the page that only has 1 banana. The pages are thick and sturdy so no need to worry about it getting ripped up!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Briar Jenstad on May 7, 2009
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These books are very cute, but they are not exactly like reading a story. They are more like activity books or challenge books for kids learning to read. They have you match up the pages for the written word to the corresponding picture. I love Eric Carle, his pictures are beautiful!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Shannon on June 15, 2007
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When they are very little they want to handle it, gum it, chew on it, etc. Eric Carle is brilliant and putting his work onto such approachable material was the RIGHT thing to do. Instead of a 'baby shower', have a 'book shower' and lead off your present list with board books by Eric Carle.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lilac Wolf and Stuff on December 28, 2007
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This is a great collection of books. It literally has a number of ways to use them and will grow with your child.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Pattanarangsan on May 9, 2008
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it is a good purchase, my kid love to see and hear me read the books. she will love to read it herself very soon.
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