Eric Carle's Very Little Library

Eric Carle's Very Little Library

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by Eric Carle

Perfect for holiday gift-giving, here are three board book classics from the creator of The Very Hungy Caterpillar!

Children all over the world have grown up with Eric Carle and his "very" books. Now, for the first time, three of these classic board books are together in their own little library! Packaged in a beautiful slipcase, the timeless The

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Perfect for holiday gift-giving, here are three board book classics from the creator of The Very Hungy Caterpillar!

Children all over the world have grown up with Eric Carle and his "very" books. Now, for the first time, three of these classic board books are together in their own little library! Packaged in a beautiful slipcase, the timeless The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Busy Spider make a collection essential for every new baby, and every child beginning the road to reading.

Editorial Reviews
Beloved author/artist Eric Carle brings together three of his Very Little books in one fabulous box! The board book editions of three of his bestselling titles -- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Lonely Firefly -- are packaged together in this sturdy cardboard case, letting young readers take these critters wherever they go. A perfect gift for birthdays or any special occasion, this fun-loving library is bound to make your child's reading time sunny and magical.
Publishers Weekly
Eric Carle's Very Little Library is a boxed set of three favorite board books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Very Lonely Firefly, with its flashing firefly lights; and The Very Busy Spider, with its tactile spider web. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
One of the most revered writers for young children, Eric Carle is a perfect match for the toddler years. This boxed set contains three of his popular titles. Carle's bright collages, simple words, introduction of concepts, and understanding of young emotional development are winning combinations. They are all found in the board book version of The Very Lonely Firefly (orig. 1995). This story of light and loneliness contains a sensory surprise at the book's end. Carle's The Very Busy Spider (orig. 1984) comes to board book format with the same raised texturing that has thrilled preschoolers for over a decade. The spider busily spins her web while animals invite her to play. Children will have great fun making the animal noises, seeing and feeling the web grow, finding the fly on each page, and hearing the satisfying end as the spider falls asleep after her busy day. The most popular of the books has to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. One Sunday a very hungry caterpillar hatched. He eats his way through a variety of foods that are boldly and colorfully illustrated. The story progresses with the caterpillar spinning a cocoon and waking up as a beautiful butterfly, illustrating one of nature's common but lovely marvels. This boxed set would make a lovely gift for any young child. 2004, Philomel, Ages 18 mo. to 5.
—Susie Wilde

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.31(w) x 7.25(h) x 2.70(d)
Age Range:
Up to 2 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. 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 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career.

Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched.

Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions. The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

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."

© 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Brief Biography

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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