Eric Carle's Very Little Library

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242045
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 83,421
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 2.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.picturebookart.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts, opened in November 2002, where children and adults alike can enjoy along with original picture book art, an arts and crafts room and become artists for a day (or a lifetime).

Biography

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.

Good To Know

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.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    A trio of classics

    This collection is one of my favorite gifts to give to new parents. Every child should have them in their nursery library.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Great collection

    Why on Earth is this getting poor reviews? This is a perfect gift set of three of Eric Carle's classics. The Very Busy Spider is my favorite, but I love them all.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Great Set of Books

    I was surprised when I actually started reading these books to my son. He loves the counting the food with the caterpillar and making the different sounds as the animals engage the spyder. The friefly book is the most boring book, but it fun when they light up at the end.

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