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Eric Carle was a renowned children’s author and illustrator. He was born on June 25, 1929, in Syracuse, New York, and passed away on May 23, 2021, in the United States. Carle was best known for his book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” which was published in 1969 and became an instant classic.

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Carle’s distinctive style often featured bright, bold colors and collages made from hand-painted tissue paper. He wrote and illustrated numerous other beloved children’s books, including “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” (written by Bill Martin Jr.), “The Grouchy Ladybug,” “Days of the Week,” “The Very Busy Spider,” and “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” among others. 

At home we also have “Will You Be My Friend” but it’s mostly pictured with little storyline. That’s when ‘daddy’s’ imagination comes to play! His books are an easy way to get kids involved with reading. We love reading at home and I’ve written about it in past articles.

Eric Carle’s books have been cherished by generations of children for their engaging stories, memorable characters, and beautiful artwork. His works have been translated into many languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide, making him one of the most celebrated authors in children’s literature.

In all honesty, I had no idea who he was until my son was born. I’m an avid reader, but before my son was born I was consumed with self-help style books and novels. And, of course, that changed 10 folds when he was born. “Brown Bear” was Eric Carle’s first book to be on my bookshelf at home. I fell in love with it. It was my son’s favorite book for a long time.

Here are life lessons and inspirational quotes from Eric Carle. 

1-“I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT.”

2-“They are deceptively simple. I admit that. But for me, all my life I try to simplify things. As a child in school, things were very hard for me to understand often, and I developed a knack, I think. I developed a process to simplify things so I would understand them.”

3-“If you do anything with love, it becomes a creative process.”

4-“We have eyes, and we’re looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.” ~ Eric Carle

5-“I believe that everything we do, everything we strive for, has a purpose. And that purpose is to bring joy to those around us.”

6-“Ever since I was very young, as far back as I can remember, I have loved making pictures. I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind. The lovely feeling of my pencil touching paper, a crayon making a star shape in my sketchbook, or my brush dipping into bright and colorful paints — these things affect me as joyfully today as they did all those years ago.” 

7-“Spend some time alone every day. The world will still be there when you get back, and it will look better.”

8-“I remember that as a child when I felt overwhelmed, my mother would reassure me by saying, ‘One piece at a time.’ That’s good advice for many things in life.”

9-“You are never too old to be young at heart.”

More of My Favorite Eric Carle Quotes

10-“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

11-“Our task as adults is to teach children to dream with their eyes open.”

12-“I believe in the power of imagination. It is through imagination that we can visualize new possibilities and make dreams come true.”

13-“The act of creating is not only a joy in itself but also a way to bring joy to others.”

14-“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire, and motivate.”

15-“The process of creation is a journey of self-discovery.”

16-“Let children learn through their own exploration. Provide them with tools and opportunities, and watc*h them bloom.”

17-“Appreciate the small moments of beauty that surround you. They can be found in the simplest things.”

18-“Nature is a constant source of inspiration. Look closely, and you will discover its wonders.”

19-“Books have the power to transport us to new worlds and ignite our imagination.”

20-“Be curious, ask questions, and never stop learning.”

21-“The key to success is perseverance and a belief in oneself.”

A Brilliant Mind

22-“I have always been a wanderer, and always a voyager. I’m glad I found my way home.” From “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse”

23-“I know that children love their picture books because I have many of the same qualities as children. I am as curious as a child, as imaginative, as ready for adventure, and I am still learning.” From “Draw Me a Star”

24-“I believe that children can teach adults important things, too. For instance, they can remind us that miracles are possible every day.” From “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me”

25-“I long to see children as little seeds growing into beautiful flowers, as they will if we water them with love and patience, and let them blossom in their own time.” From “The Tiny Seed”

26-“I remember being at home with a pencil and paper and the happiness it gave me to draw. I loved the feel of the pencil, the way the line grew as I pulled the pencil toward me, the way it swerved and turned, curling around itself.” From “The Art of Eric Carle”

Hungry Caterpillar
Cute Book

​*One of the most famous Eric Carle books* 

(The Very Hungry Caterpillar story, 1969)

In the light on the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
One Sunday morning, the warm sun came up and POP! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.
He started to look for some food. On Monday he ate through one apple, But he was still hungry.
On Tuesday, he ate through two pears, But he was still hungry.
On Wednesday, he ate through three plums, But he was still hungry.
On Thursday, he ate through four strawberries, But he was still hungry.
On Friday, he ate through five oranges, But he was still hungry.
On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomachache!
The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf. And after that he felt much better.

But now he wasn’t hungry anymore. And he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore. He was a big fat caterpillar.
He built a small house around himself, called a Cocoon, And he stayed inside for more than two weeks.
Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out, and
He was a beautiful butterfly. 

Read on…

Eric Carle was a world-renowned author and illustrator, known for his exceptional talent in bringing children’s stories to life. His imaginative creations and captivating illustrations have left an indelible mark on the world of children’s literature.

Carle’s greatest idea was to engage young readers through vibrant visuals and captivating narratives. His work reflected both his creativity and dedication, showcasing the hardest part of his craft. Eric Carle’s legacy will forever be celebrated as a pioneering figure in the realm of children’s books, inspiring generations of readers worldwide.

As a father, I highly suggest picking up copies of his books are your local library or online, they are great!

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