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A stunning collection of Grimms' tales from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle!

Eric Carle brings to life four tales written by the brothers Grimm with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. These tales capture the interest and imagination of children and adults alike, showing that while we might wish and wander, we should be grateful for what we have and where we are in life.

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Overview


A stunning collection of Grimms' tales from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle!

Eric Carle brings to life four tales written by the brothers Grimm with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. These tales capture the interest and imagination of children and adults alike, showing that while we might wish and wander, we should be grateful for what we have and where we are in life.

Beautifully reissued, this new book has all the enchantment of Eric Carle's art, plus the compelling storytelling and morals of Grimms' tales.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Tom Thumb ends up in a mouse hole, a snail shell, a cow's stomach, and a wolf's belly in this retelling of four of the tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The story of Tom Thumb is a little adventure in which he helps his parents earn a piece of gold, but finds himself eaten by a cow that is eventually butchered. Then a wolf eats the cow's stomach with Tom still inside it. His parents kill the wolf, cut him open, and Tom is safe at home again. In the "Fisherman and His Wife," a poor fisherman catches a magic fish and lets him go. The fisherman's wife makes him ask the fish to grant her wishes. Her greed goes too far when she wants to become ruler of the universe, and they end up poor again. "Hans in Luck" tells how Hans earns a piece of gold for his seven years of work. On his way home, he trades his piece of gold for a horse and continues some unfortunate trading until he has only a stone that he loses in a fountain. At the end of the story, he still feels lucky because he is home again. "The Seven Swabians" is short and nonsensical. Seven Swabians venture out in the world looking for adventure and take one long spear. Experiencing several mishaps, they all drown except for the smallest Swabian who gets to return home to tell the story. The small print along with the large artwork makes this book more appropriate for an adult to read aloud to children. The illustrations are the classic work of Eric Carle done in brightly colored painted tissue paper in a collage style. The tales are written so that young children should easily understand them. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545270090
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 335,934
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

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 www.eric-carle.com.

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 K√ľnste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Fantastic book by Eric Carle

    You will love this book! Eric Carle's illustrations are fantastic.

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