Friday, October 09, 2009

Art Blogging: Eric Carle

Eric Carle (1929- ) is an American illustrator, famous for his work in children's books. A native of Syracuse, New York the and son of German immigrant parents, he moved to Germany at the age of six. He remained there and studied art at the Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste. In 1952, he returned to the United States, where he worked in graphic design and advertising. Carle was recruited to illustrate the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in 1967, and he quickly became a star in the field of chidren's book illustration. His primary medium is collages of hand-painted papers, layered to provide different colors, shapes, and textures.

Carle's most famous book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, published in 1969.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? is currently my daughter's favorite book. She regards the Red Fox (the first animal that the bear encounters) as the finest of Carle's works.

An illustration from the 1971 book Have You Seen My Cat?.


Divers and Sundry said...

I remember discovering him when the kids were little. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for collage, and I love the style of his illustrations. His books were very approachable for our little ones.

John said...

I took a children's lit course in library school, and my professor was quite enamored of Eric Carle. We read a lot of his stuff.

I had to read 150 children's books that semester, and it was one of the most educational experiences that I had in library school.