Here is a rich and varied collection of the great stories that have enchanted children for centuries. Princesses and peasants, brave heroines and heroes, elves, wizards, fairies and talking animals throng its colorful pages. Distinguished American author and artist Eric Carle has created lively new tellings of these classic tales and illustrated them in over one hundred vibrant full-color pictures for the delight of today's readers, young and old. This is a perfect book for ...
Here is a rich and varied collection of the great stories that have enchanted children for centuries. Princesses and peasants, brave heroines and heroes, elves, wizards, fairies and talking animals throng its colorful pages. Distinguished American author and artist Eric Carle has created lively new tellings of these classic tales and illustrated them in over one hundred vibrant full-color pictures for the delight of today's readers, young and old. This is a perfect book for family reading and sharing.
Beloved author and artist Eric Carle makes centuries-old classics more timeless than ever! From "Tom Thumb" to "The Grasshopper and the Ants," this stunning treasury features lively retellings of 22 classic tales, illustrated in more than 100 vibrant full-color collages. Princesses and peasants, brave heroes and heroines, elves, wizards, fairies, and talking animals fill the colorful pages, making this the perfect book for family reading and sharing.
- Publisher's Weekly
This volume contains reprints from three of Carle's previous books. But in collapsing the longer tales, some of the original focus of the stories is blurred. Even in works as brief as Aesop's fables, the pacing is flat. But that is a small flaw compared to the artist's visual triumphs. The blended collage and paint pictures gleam with color and beauty, reflecting accurately the motif of each story. For example, there is dramatic tension in Andersen's ``The Wild Swans'' and other cliff-hangers and knee-slapping comedy in the Grimms' ``The Seven Swabians.'' Signs of Carle's ingenuity adorn every page. Ages 4-9. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4 A handsome compilation of 22 stories selected from the previ ously published Twelve Tales From Aesop (Philomel, 1980; o.p.), Seven Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (Watts, 1978; o.p.), and Eric Carle's Storybook: Seven Stories from the Brothers Grimm (Watts, 1976; o.p.). The result is a varied selection ranging from familiar tales such as Tom Thumb and The Rabbit and the Turtle to more obscure stories including The Seven Swabians and The Winners. Ar rangement is well balanced, with the short fables interspersed among the longer stories of Andersen and Grimm. Stories appear virtually verba tim from the first editions with con cise, spirited language in keeping with the nature of the tales. Carle has pared down the original versions, sometimes at the expense of the irony and humor; this is most notably absent in the selections from Andersen. He has also invented some plot twists to make the tales more logical in their shortened form. The 11 fables from Aesop are presented with no ultimate ly stated morals but retain their teach ing spirit, although the message of The Grasshopper and the Ants has been completely reversed. Carle's distinc tive style of bright watercolor and col lage illustration provides an excellent complement to the lively text. Most of the art from the original volumes has been reproduced, supplemented with some new illustrations. The reproduc tions have been toned down slightly from the more garish originals, result ing in improved color and clarity. An adequate choice for those mid-range readers who are too old for nursery story collections yet too young for the original full-length tales. Starr La Tronica, North Berkeley Library, Calif.
Eric Carle is known around the world for his many highly original and beautiful picture books, including THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and ERIC CARLE'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC STORIES FOR CHILDREN. For more information, please go to eric-carle.com.
Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.
He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.
Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.
He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."
He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.
Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.
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Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.
Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."
Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.