"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" gets a show In this March 30, 2016 photo, visitors look at collages by children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The exhibition "I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle" opens April 2, and runs thru Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" gets a show
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Atlanta's High Museum of Art is inviting visitors into a colorful world. It is populated by playful animals and imaginative children.
 
"I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle" is an art show at the High. It runs through Jan. 8. It features more than 80 collages from 16 books. They were created by the author of children's favorites like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Grouchy Ladybug." Carle's bright images explore themes including childhood, nature and journeys.
 
Adults can enjoy and remember the books they read as children. Or they can read to their own children. Kids are treated to an art show set up with them in mind. The collages are hung just a few feet off the ground. A scavenger hunt gives kids a chance to engage more fully with the art.
 
A close look at the collages helps visitors understand how Carle works. He uses acrylic paint on white tissue paper. He creates bright sheets that he stores grouped by color in his studio. When he's creating a collage, he selects a sheet from his collection. He cuts it using a razor. Or he tears it by hand. Then he layers the pieces into colorful scenes.
 
The works in the show span fifty years. They are drawn from the collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. It is in Amherst, Massachusetts. The High in Atlanta is the only venue where the art will be shown.
 
The art is highly light sensitive. The works will be removed from their frames and matting once the show is over. They will be returned to the Carle Museum's vault for 10 years. This is according to Virginia Shearer. She is the High director of education.
 
Carle is 86. He is formally retired. He spends much of his time in the Florida Keys. But he still enjoys working in his studio space. It is in Northampton, Massachusetts. The studio is near the Carle Museum. 

He was born to German parents in Syracuse, New York. His family returned to Germany when he was 6. He moved to New York City in 1952. He worked as a graphic designer in The New York Times' promotion department. He later worked as art director for an advertising agency.
 
He turned to children's books in 1967. That is when author Bill Martin Jr. asked him to illustrate a story. It became "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" 

The first book he wrote and illustrated himself was "1, 2, 3 to the Zoo" in 1968. That was followed by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in 1969.
 
Carle draws on his own life experiences for inspiration, said Ellen Keiter. She is chief curator of the Carle Museum. Insects and animals are drawn from his memories of childhood walks with his father. "Walter the Baker" honors an uncle who encouraged his creativity. 

"Friends" is based on his experience of leaving his best friend when his family moved to Germany. And "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me" was prompted by a request from his daughter.
 
Dummy books show how some of his most famous books went from idea to finished product. They reveal original alternate titles, like "The Ill-Tempered Ladybug" and "The Mean Old Ladybug."
 
"They really let you see the hand of the artist and how he's thinking," Keiter said of the preliminary mock-ups.
 
There are many highlights to see at the show. There are five works from the 1987 edition of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."  In addition, there is the original eight-page collage of the blue whale from "The Grouchy Ladybug." And, you can see the original 1967 collages of characters from "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

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  • hadleyr-
    4/11/2016 - 11:11 a.m.

    Adults might want to see a shout about children's books because it might bring back memories of when they were kids.

  • jonathani-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:56 a.m.

    They want to see the books because it reminds them when they read it when they were young.They can also read to their children.Or their just there because their children wanted to go.If I were an adult I would totally go because it reminds me of something wonderful.

  • kevinm-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    They might want to feel like a kid again. Or they just want to hang out with little kids. Maybe The stories are funny. They would also want to remember their childhood times.
    Books like the Lorax, the Grinch or the cat in the hat.
    They want to hear childhood books because of those reasons.

  • isaiahd-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:58 a.m.

    Because when they grow up it goes to there chilled hood. Also because it will help them remember to read it threw their child hood and they could show every body that they no. And the people how saw the books could remembered everything.

  • jairj-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    Adults might want to see a show about children books because they did not have the book there early life. Now that they have children, they can show them what they want to see as children. If the kids are between 3 and 5 years old, they can get more excited. Maybe there parents just want to show there little children what they didn't see in there childhood.

  • alexism-148507-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    Adults might want see a show about children's books because it might make them remember their childhood days.It can bring joy to them.It can make them want to read the books to their kids.It might make them feel younger.

  • oscarm-13754-san
    4/11/2016 - 11:59 a.m.

    Because they might need to now wut ther cids are reading. or they might just be interested

  • americaa-san
    4/11/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    The adults might want to see children's book to remember about their childhood.They also read the books to their children/child.When they read the books to their children/child they came up with the show.Finally it was just for the children/child to enjoy book more.

  • dalilac-san
    4/11/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    They might want to see a children's book show to remember there childhood. I think they might to see that because that can bring good memories and they could tell there children what it was when there parents read to them. I could also calm them down when they are stressed out and remember their childhood. Overall I think that any age can still go to a little kid show because it doesn't really matter how old u are because we can all remember what our childhood was like with "the hungry caterpillar."

  • ariannai-san
    4/11/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    To see the books .To remember their childhood. To maybe read the books to their own children. And know what their own children are reading.

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