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Author Paths: Eric Carle

on June 26, 2014

If you never read anything else by these authors, make sure to give these titles a try…


The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe very hungry caterpillar

Perhaps the quintessential Eric Carle book, it follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.  Days of the week, counting, and names of foods are concepts reinforced in between the relatable, repeatable refrain of “…but he was still hungry!”



Mister SeahorseMister Seahorse

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets some other underwater fathers caring for their babies: Mr. Tilapia, who carries his babies in his mouth; Mr. Kurtus, who keeps his on his head; and Mr. Catfish, who is baby-sitting his young hatchlings.  This story, illustrated in Carle’s signnature collage style, turns the typical mother-and-baby-animal picture book on its ear, showcasing animal species in which the father is the primary caregiver for little ones.






The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseThe artist who painted a blue horse

Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There’s a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there’s imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle’s career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art. Includes biographical information about the German painter Franz Marc, who created unconventional animal paintings in the early 1900s.  Carle first saw Marc’s work as a child in WWII Germany where it had been banned; that experience later influenced Carle’s creativity and feelings about art.  An inspiring and informative title in Carle’s body of work.

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