Thursday, December 18, 2008

Japan Exhibit

Dear Friends,

I am fortunate to have been able to travel over the years. My visits to Japan have been very inspiring. In Japan, there are numerous Picture Book Museums, some small, some large, and it was during our visits to Japan that my wife Bobbie and I had the idea to build The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in the U.S.

This year there was an exhibit of my work, including non-book-art, in Japan that is still on tour. Since I turned 75 I have cut back on my travels quite a bit, but I was so pleased to see photographs of the opening exhibit in Tokyo taken by Motoko, my assistant of many years, who is originally from Japan as well as more recent photos from the exhibition in Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy these pictures!

More soon,
Eric Carle

This exhibit will be on view at the following locations in Japan in 2008-2009:
JR Kyoto Isetan until 28 December, 2008
JR Nagoya Takashimaya 17 February - 2 March, 2009
Sogo Museum of Art 3 April - 6 May, 2009
Sapporo Daimaru 13 May - 25 May, 2009

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Cookies

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays!

While I wasn't raised in a religious family, we celebrated Christmas and there were certain rituals that coincided with this holiday that I still remember very well. Weeks ahead of Christmas both my grandmothers started baking cookies: SPRINGERLE HASELNUSSGUTSLE, STERNE, LEBKUCHEN, STOLLEN and other mouth watering creations - or should I say "tongue twisting" after you have attempted to pronounce the German names for all kinds of delicious goodies?

Then my grandmothers would hide the cookies. It was easy to figure out where they had hidden them, all you had to do was follow your nose. But that would lead you to a locked door! And you needed 2 keys. One for the locked door and a second key for a locked chest inside the locked room. Well, usually we grandchildren had a way of getting those keys. Then there was a lot of sneaking around and a greatly reduced stock of Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve!

Every year my grandmothers pretended that they were surprised and scolded us. And they were going to tell Saint Nicholas. But they never did and I suspect that they knew that cookie stealing was also part of Christmas. I guess they figured that some of the cookies were going to get "lost" and therefore made an extra batch or two.

Maybe you have a ritual in your family that you will remember for a long time as well!
Eric Carle

Friday, December 5, 2008

Resources on web site for teachers and parents

Dear Friends,
I am happy to announce that a new RESOURCES section has been added to the Official Eric Carle web site. I hope you will enjoy the materials and information in this section, including links to on line interviews and a downloadable sheet of instructions on how to make a collage illustration in the style of Eric Carle! You can also still visit the Caterpillar Exchange Bulletin Board. This is a bulletin board where educators can exchange their ideas on how they use my books in the classroom.

My background is in design, not education, but I feel strongly that children should be encouraged to learn in their own particular way and it always means a great deal to me when an educator finds my work valuable in the classroom.

I hope these materials will be useful for you at school or at home!
Eric Carle