eric carle = genius

When I heard on NPR that Eric Carle is retiring, I could not believe my stereo.  There’s just no way that can possibly be true.  How can the most genius children’s book illustrator just…stop?  And he’s almost 80 years old?  When did that happen?

Of course, I’m not being fair.  Eric deserves to be happy.  Just think about how happy he’s made all of us with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


You can see how Eric creates his special collages here at his website.  There are links to slide shows where you can watch Eric paint his tissue papers and design his friendly creatures.

Thank you, Eric.  And good luck with that fifth shade of yellow.