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Eric Carle

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Transcript of Eric Carle

Born in Syracuse, New York in 1929
Carle was admitted in the Akademie der bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart, Germany after moving there in 1934
His art teacher recognized his talent and would show Carle abstract artworks (this was illegal during Nazi rule in Germany)
Carle liked the simplicity of the big and bold shapes of the artwork
He would later apply this to his work while writing
Eric Carle
by Alisha Sahay
Carle gained a position as a graphic designer in the New York Times after moving back in 1952
Afterward, he became a mail clerk during the Korean War
He became the art director of an advertising company shortly after
After seeing an advertisement of a lobster made by Carle, educator and author Bill Martin Jr. asked Carle to colaborate with him
The product: "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
This would be the start of Carle's successful careerCarle's first book was "1, 2, 3, to the Zoo" in 1968
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was written in 1969
Currently, Carle lives in North Hampton with his wife, son, daughter, and cat named Annie
At the age of 15, Carle was recruited by the German Government to dig trenches along the Siegfried Line
This became a memory Carle would shudder at throughout his career
His big dream: to move back to America
Who is Eric Carle?
What were his Life Achievements?
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Background
given every 2 years since 2001
awarded to recipients who have profoundly impacted children's literature
In 2003, Carle was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award at the 2003 American Library Association Meeting in Philadelphia
Ginny Moore Kruse, the chairwoman, greatly praised Carle's work:
He "encourage[s] the imagination and often mirror[s] the larger changes in a young child's development and experience
The Japan Picture Book Award
Background
the Japan School Library Association and the newspaper company Yomiuri Shimbun founded the award in 1978
In 1992, the award was suspended but restarted in 1995
Carle was the recipient of the Japan Picture Book Award in 2002 (presented by the Mainichi Newspaper)
Google Doodle
On the 40th anniversary of the "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Google honored Carle's picture book

How did he Impact Education?
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The museum was inspired by Carle's trip to Japan with his wife and visiting Japanese Picture Book Museums
Their goal: to encourage early museum trips in children, develop a simple introduction to art seeing, and inspire future artists
In 2002, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opened adjacent to the Hampshire college in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Since opening, they have been visited by over 400,000 people, both domestic and international
The museum contains works of artists from around the globe
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
This book is about a hungry caterpillar that eats a variety of foods, including apples, pears, plums, lollipops, cake, cheese, and ultimately a leaf
The caterpillar then spins itself into a cocoon only to emerge as a prominent and colorful butterfly
Carle believes that "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" teaches his readers hope; how at first they seem small and unimportant to the world but then grow into something big and beautiful
His book has been translated into 45 different languages and has sold over 30 million copies
"You little, ugly, insignificant bug: you, too, can grow up to be a big, beautiful butterfly and fly into the world, and unfold your talents"
-Eric Carle

Works Cited
"Awards List."
The Official Eric Carle Website
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.eric-carle.com/awards.html>.
"Biographical Notes for Eric Carle."
The Official Eric Carle Website
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.eric-carle.com/bio.html>.
"Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Newsletter."
Featured Article: Eric Carle
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.carolhurst.com/newsletters/24dnewsletters.html>.
"Eric Carle."
Famous Authors
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.famousauthors.com/eric-carle>.
"Eric Carle."
Reading Rockets
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/carle/transcript/>.
"Eric Carle Recipient of the 2003 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award."
The Official Eric Carle Website
. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. <http://www.eric-carle.com/awards_LIW.html>.
Hall, John. "Google Logo Celebrates Eric Carle's 'Very Hungry Caterpillar'"
The Independent
. Independent Digital News and Media, 20 Mar. 2009. Web. 26 Dec. 2013. <http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-logo-celebrates-eric-carles-very-hungry-caterpillar-1649950.html>.
"Japanese Children's Book Awards:JBBY." J
apanese Children's Book Awards:JBBY
. Japanese Board on Books for Young People, n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2013. <http://www.jbby.org/en/books/pop_Grand.html>.
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