I feel as if we have been overrun with Eric Carle books in recent weeks. It started with The Very Hungary Caterpillar, which Red now has memorized and likes to act out, and has just grown from there. I think we have 8 Eric Carle books checked out from the library right now. What is it about these classic books that appeals so much to my son? The illustrations? The repetitive lines used in many of the books? The animals? I think it is probably all those things combined.
Here is a sampling of our current favorites:
The Very Hungary Caterpillar
"This all-time favorite not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more. Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun."
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
"Hilarious pictures show what happens when a bored chameleon wishes it could be more like other animals, but is finally convinced it would rather just be itself."
The Grouchy Ladybug
"A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone it meets regardless of their size or strength. How this bumptious bug gets its comeuppance and learns the pleasures to be gained by cheerfulness and good manners is an amusing lesson in social behavior."
The Very Busy Spider
"With the use of raised printing, this innovative book adds the sense of touch to vision and hearing as ways to understand and enjoy the strikingly designed illustrations and the memorable story. Various farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness."
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
"Beautiful illustrations are enhanced by dramatic fold-out pages in this moving and imaginative tale of a father’s love for his daughter. Monica’s father fulfills her request by bringing the moon down from the sky after it’s small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size."
You can visit Eric Carle's website to learn more about this writer and illustrator. (My son also loves the books that Carle illustrated for Bill Martin's Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Also, visit 5 Minutes for Books for more Children's Classic Picture Books.