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1 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle

2 The Early Life of Eric Carle Born in Syracuse NY in 1929 Moved with family to Germany in 1935 Graduated from Akademie der bildenden Künste, a prestigious art school. Returned to the New York in 1952 with a portfolio and 40 dollars. Bill Martin Jr. liked a red lobster that Carle had done in an advertisement and asked him to illustrate a story he had written.

3 The birth of a book Carle was playing and punching holes into a stack of paper when he thought, “ This could've been done by a bookworm.” 1 Carle intended to write a book about Willie the Worm, but on the advise of his editor changed his character to a caterpillar

4 His best known work Translated into more than 30 languages Sold over 22 million copies 3 A copy is sold every 57 seconds. 4 Uses 225 words and bold colors

5 Awards Received by The Very Hungry Caterpillar New York Times Ten Best Picture Books of the Year citation, American Institute of Graphic Arts award, Best Children's Books of England citation, Selection du Grand Prix des Treize, France, Brooklyn Museum Art Books for Children citation, 1973, 1976, Nakamori Reader's Prize, Japan,

6 The art of Eric Carle A short 3 minute Audio Slideshow narrated by Eric Carle. res/2007/jul/ericcarle_slideshow/index. htmlhttp://www.npr.org/programs/watc/featu res/2007/jul/ericcarle_slideshow/index. html

7 A closer look Line – horizontal pictures throughout Space – only one page has a background Color – bright and appealing to children Shape – rounded Text – easy to read

8 Questions for Discussion Given the popularity of this book and the critical acclaim it has received, why didn’t it receive the 1970 Caldecott Award which was awarded to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble?

9 Questions for Discussion Does the commercialization of a book diminish from its literary worth?

10 Bibliography Beneduce, Ann. “Eric Carle." The Horn Book July/August September 2007.http://www.hbook.com/magazine/articles/2003/jul03_beneduce.asp This was an indepth look at Eric Carle’s life by his longtime friend. The information was interesting and gave me an even greater appreciation of his work. Carle, Eric. “Eric Carle.” 08 September http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html The author’s website. Carle’s site offers biographical notes, book lists, and answers to frequently asked questions. The FAQ section offers insight into many aspects of the book process. Casciani, Dominic. “Counting on the Caterpillar”. BBC News. 26 July September http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/ stm This article reviews the books and curriculum tie-ins with additional comments by readers of the book. It confirmed my opinion that this book is extremely well loved. Elliott, Debbie. “Eric Carle’s Colorful World of Children’s Books." NPR. Ed. Danny Sullivan. 8 September http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId= On the Audio Slideshow available on this site Eric Carle explains his ideas on color and creation. I felt that I came to understand his thinking and literary choices. Hastings, Wally. “Molly Bang’s Theory of How Pictures Work.” 08 September http://www.northern.edu/hastingsw/mbang.htm A helpful guideline that explains Molly Bang’s theory of picture books.


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