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Happy Birthday Eric Carle!

June 29, 2012

On June 25, 1929 Eric Carle, was born in Syracuse, New York.  This week Eric Carle celebrated his 83rd birthday.

 His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world. The Official Eric Carle Web Site 

Carle says:

With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.

We also believe that “children are naturally creative and eager to learn” and we know learning can be “fascinating and fun.” By planning engaging lessons that meet childrens’ needs and learning styles, master teachers nurture this creativity and support children as they learn and grow. As you begin to plan for next year, make sure your classroom is filled with positive messages.

 In recognition of this tremendous contribution to children’s literature and to celebrate his birthday we are sharing a plethora of teaching resources for your classroom.



Eric Carle Resources

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