Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Peaceful Sloth

Around the time the building of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was coming to completion, nearly a decade ago, I was feeling overwhelmed, and so I locked myself in my studio and hung out the DO NOT DISTURB sign. My life had become so busy with meetings and appointments. That was when the gentle and slow moving Sloth came to my mind. I became fascinated by this strange creature that sleeps up to 20 out of 24 hours; this boring animal who eats 10% of what animals of equal size and weight consume; this expressionless critter who lives by itself and rarely makes a noise seemed the perfect antidote to the hectic situation I found myself in.
Our lives have become increasingly frenetic. We are constantly bombarded by all kinds of messages about scandals, wars and what soap to buy. We eat fast food, rush to the next appointment, click away at our computers, fly and drive in all directions. Maybe the peaceful Sloth can teach us something...? This image is an alternative collage illustration that was not used in my book Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth. You might be interested to know that pictures from my book Slowly are currently on exhibit at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and that this year -- 2012 -- the Museum will be celebrating its 10th anniversary!


  1. what a great message that we can all benefit from! downsizing our lives doesn't just refer to smaller cars and tv screens. downsizing our schedules is wise advice!

  2. Love this message. I recently made some important changes in my life so I could "slow down time" to focus on my family. I love your Sloth comparison. My family will have to find your book this week.

    This week in my daughter's first grade class, they are studying your artwork and technique. She is absolutely loving it. She spent about 10 minutes this morning explaining to me what she has learned and what she'll be doing today in class to implement some of your techniques. Listening to the enthusiasm in her voice warmed my heart. In fact, she wants to type a little message to you right now...

    i like your books! and how you make
    your art work! from Avery

    Thank you for sharing your imagination with the world! :)

  3. I was so excited and felt so fortunate to get to visit your beautiful museum a few years ago. It remains a very special day in my memory. Thank you for putting such a wonderful place into the world- for children, for everybody!