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The Art of Eric Carle Paperback – October 28, 2002
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The book begins with an introduction by Leonard Marcus, the children's book reviewer for Parenting Magazine and a well-known book critic and historian.
Following this is an autobiography with many personal photos. I found the story of Carle's early years interesting: how he was born in the United States but then his parents returned to Germany when he was six. His father was drafted into the German army during World War II and Carle never saw him again for 8 years, when he emerged from a Russian POW camp weighing 80 pounds. Carle was a lackluster student, mainly because his creativity was stifled, but he did have some empathetic art teachers in Germany. In his early 20s he returned to the U.S. where he was promptly drafted into the army!
The next section of this book was by Ann Beneduce, the first editor to publish Carle's work. She first commissioned him to illustrate a cookbook. After that, she decided to publish his first book "1,2,3 to the Zoo" but could find no one in the United States who could satisfactorily produce it, so she had it done in Japan.
Next, Viktor Christen, a German editor, wrote about Carle's vision and what it means to children.
Takeshi Matsumoto, the director of an art museum for picture books in Japan, wrote an essay about Carle's use of color.
The text of a speech, entitled "Where Do Ideas Come From?", given by Carle at the Library of Congress was the next section of this book. He gave this speech to librarians and educators in 1990 at the International Children's Book Day Celebration.Read more ›
This book works as a biography for big kids (lots of text) or grown-ups, and it works as an art book too, with many examples of his illustrations throughout the book.
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A masterful book about one of the masterful children's writers. I am a fan!Published 19 months ago by Sharon M.
The vivid colors. The techniques. Eric Carle's talent brings a combination of beauty and imagination to all his work in this book and others.Published on March 13, 2014 by 55Ford
I love his stories and his art. I am trying to learn how to do the pictures from his pages of explanation. I hoped for more pictures. I have several of his books. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Judy
just as cool as ever. eric carle crosses generational boundaries with mass appeal. this book is exactly what i want for our new grandbaby's room.Published on March 15, 2013 by annp77
I bought this book for my collection of art books for children. I also bought this book for me. I wanted to know how Eric Carle created such amazing illustrations. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Becky Kottwitz
The Art of Eric Carle is a wonderful book about the art of children's book illustration. It gives great biographical information on Eric Carle, one of the most beloved of... Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Eileen M. Carlson