Using tissue paper and acrylic paints, Eric Carle created one of the most distinctive styles of any picture book creator. With simple ideas and bold colors, Carle makes books for “youngsters making the transition between home and school.”
Though born in United States, Carle grew up in Germany just before and during World War II. He has said his childhood was gray – from the buildings to clothes to the weather. So in his work, he has always used bold colors to “counteract the grays and dark shadows of [his] childhood.”
Most of Carle’s books target young readers and deal with concepts and issues in a way appropriate to that age group. The Grouchy Ladybug, for example, deals with concepts like time, while at the same time demonstrating the value of good manners. The Hungry Caterpillar provides an opportunity to practice counting and learning the days of the week, while introducing the life cycle of a butterfly.
Photo courtesy of the Eric Carle Studio website.