January 04, 2013

Eric Carle: Alle meine Bären

Another one by famous Eric Carle. There is something special with his paintings of animals. I especially like their bold colors and the way Carle uses book pages to tell a story (think of the "eaten" holes in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or there is a snake which extends over all pages, with the tail on page one and the head on the last). In this book a spread is reserved for one animal. "Alle meine Bären", published by Gerstenberg in German, is a compilation of four picture books. Want to see all? This way.

Carle spreads acrylic paint on white tissue paper and draws and scrapes patterns on it. Then he cuts out the design and pastes it as a collage on white paper. Fine details he draws with crayons.

The children's book author and illustrator lives in Florida and North Carolina. Together with his wife he founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in 2002.