Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dream Snow

Oh, sigh, Eric Carle!  Who doesn't adore Eric Carle?  What home have his books not found a way to nestle themselves into?  I don't even need to explain how wonderful Eric Carle is.  We all know him to be a brilliant storyteller and a brilliant illustrator by his trademark tissue-paper collage illustrations.  Here's a current author / illustrator who has already become a classic.  One day our children's children will wax nostalgically about their memories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

I have quite an admiration for Eric Carle, so just imagine how that escalated when I saw him on a Mr. Roger's Neighborhood re-run back in September -- to see two extraordinary talented individuals Fred Rogers and Eric Carle on the TV screen at the same time and then to share that experience with my children -- pretty amazing!  I searched You Tube to share that episode with you, especially Carle's fascinating description of his artistic process, but alas it's not to be.  However, I did find his explanation of that creative process here.

I'm recommending Dream Snow today.  It's one of the kids' favorites!  Carle holds them captivated by the simple, yet magical, tale of a farmer routinely caring for his five animals  One wintry evening, he slips into slumber where "soon he dreamed of falling snowflakes."  Carle transports the allure of falling snow into a dreamlike holiday tale.  If you end up purchasing copy of Dream Snow, please be advised that it will become love-worn!

If you'd like to discover more about Eric Carle, check out his website here.  It's a great resource.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Emily. Squeal! We are huge fans of Eric Carle on Planet Baby. I'll have to head over to Booko and find the best price for it. Thanks for the tip ☺. J x