Friday, January 30, 2009

Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

I am a big fan of Eric Carle. The illustrations in his books, made with hand-painted tissue paper, are always bright and lively. His beautifully simple stories possess depth, making them enjoyable for children and adults.

Draw Me a Star is no exception. The story begins when a young artist is asked to draw a star. The artist goes on to draw a sun and a tree, a man and a woman, until he has drawn an entire world. Finally he takes hold of a star and sails away into the heavens. This is the story of creation with an artist as the creator.

I recommend this story highly, though I should warn you that the man and woman in the story appear naked. In my opinion, it is very tasteful; however, I encourage parents to preview the book and then make your decision about whether to share the story with your children.

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2 comments:

Michelle said...

I did an oral presentation on Eric Carle in my Children's Lit class in librarian school (Master's degree). I love love LOVE his work. He has video clips on his website www.eric-carle.com that show how he creates his collages. (You may already know this, but just figured I'd mention it anyway.) For my presentation I actually created my own Eric Carle painted-and-collaged-tissue-paper masterpiece. :-)

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