The Best Traits and Limitations of Eric Carle Essay

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It was a recent trip to the Kohl’s Department Store in Springhill, TN that declared what children’s author would be the best fit for writing a paper that addresses the best traits and limitations of such a person. Kohl’s Department Stores are currently featuring and selling four of award winning children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle’s books and plush animals in support of their program Kohl’s Cares, which gives 100 percent of their profit to support health and education initiatives in communities all over the nation. The books The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Hungry Caterpillar, The Foolish Tortoise, and The Grouchy Ladybug, and plush chameleons, caterpillars, tortoises, and ladybugs can be purchased separately for five dollars each …show more content…
Stetooden (2009) reveals that it is possibly Eric Carle’s childhood that has provoked the sensational books illustrated and written by him. Carle’s family left New York after living there six years to return to his parents’ home of Germany. It was in Germany where Carle’s father was drafted into the German Army and then not seen for eight years as he became a prisoner in Russia. The years of war and time without his father took toil on the author/illustrator. A frail father eventually returned, and Carle had to rely on his early memories of his father to encourage him and even give him artistic inspiration. Carle recalls one such memory that has inspired many of his books involving nature as he related that he and his father “used to go for long walks in the countryside together, and he would peel back tree bark to show me what was underneath it, lift rocks to reveal the insects. As a result, I have an abiding love and affection for small insignificant animals” (“Eric”). With his creativity and inner child, Carle who is now in his eighties has illustrated over 70 books, and he also wrote many of these books. His creativity does not end with books; his other interests lie in “painting, sculpture, printmaking, as well as furniture and building design” (Beneduce, p. 428). Eric Carle’s illustrations and books remain and continue to be famous not only in the United States but worldwide because they are creative and full of
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