The Very Creative Author and Illustrator
An Author Study on Eric Carle
By: Cassandra Roof
Introduction: I chose to do my author study on Eric Carle because I have always loved his
book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and since I have entered the Elementary Education
program I am starting to realize how many other great books this man has written over the years.
I used 2 of his books already in my lessons. One being “Little Cloud” which he wrote and I used
to teach a first grade lesson on clouds, and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See” which
he illustrated and I used to teach the concept of rhyme. His books can be used in so many ways
to teach so many different concepts such as rhyming, the butterfly cycle, counting, and sequence,
just to name a few. I was unaware how so many other books within the schools are written or
illustrated by him. For my author study, I would aim to involve this lesson in a classroom of 1
graders, since his books are very bright and simple. It would be hard to incorporate a study on
Eric Carle in a class any older since his stories are aimed at a younger audience.
What influenced this author to become a children’s book author?
How does this author’s background affect the types of things he writes about?
Is there a common theme in all of the author’s stories?
How does this author create the vivid images that are included in all of his stories?
Eric Carle in a Nutshell:
Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York on June 25, 1929, but returned to Germany
where his parents originated from when he was 6 and settled in Stuttgart until 1952 when he
returned to New York. Eric Carle received all of his education in Germany and attended a
prestigious art school. His father, Erich, went to war in the German
army in World War II, but Carle was able to avoid the draft due to his
true American citizenship.
Upon returning to New York, Carle was broke and got a job as a
graphic designer in order to support himself. Though he had l