"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 populated by playful animals and imaginative children.
 
"I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle" is an exhibition that runs through Jan. 8. It features more than 80 collages from 16 books 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 revel in the nostalgia of books they read as children or read to their own children. Kids are treated to an exhibition arranged with them in mind. The collages are hung just a few feet off the ground. A scavenger hunt provides an opportunity 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 to create 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 tears it by hand before layering the pieces into colorful scenes.
 
The works in the exhibition span five decades. They are drawn from the collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The High in Atlanta is the only venue where the exhibition will be shown.
 
Once the exhibition is over, the highly light-sensitive works will be removed from their frames and matting. They will be returned to the Carle Museum's vault for 10 years. This is according to High director of education Virginia Shearer.
 
"I feel like everybody who lives here should realize what a gift it is and should come down and see it," she said of the exhibition.
 
Carle, who is 86, is formally retired and spends much of his time in the Florida Keys. But he still enjoys working in his studio space 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 and 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 that 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, followed by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in 1969.
 
Carle draws on his own life experiences for inspiration, said Ellen Keiter, chief curator of the Carle Museum. Insects and animals are drawn from his memories of childhood walks with his father. "Walter the Baker" pays homage to 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 evolved 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.
 
Some of the highlights of the exhibition are five works from the 1987 edition of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," the original eight-page collage of the blue whale from "The Grouchy Ladybug" and original 1967 collages of characters from "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

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  • victoriak-ver
    4/11/2016 - 02:34 p.m.

    Adults might want to see a show about children's books to remind them of the joys of being a kid and to remember some of the greatest pieces of art of all time.

  • anthonyg1-ver
    4/12/2016 - 06:49 p.m.

    Adults are just old children (no offense) and no matter the child's age every child (everyone) likes a good book. So that is why the might want to see a show on children's books.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    4/12/2016 - 09:05 p.m.

    The author that had created a children's book using collages such as one of the children's book that is called The Very Hungry Caterpillar which it is one of the children's book using collages on making a book. The people might have been able to go to a museum showing things about the books that the author, Eric Carle had been able to make as a best children's book author which people had been able to know. The museum had been able to feature pictures of characters that had been made into collages that can be featured as a colorful work of art using collages in a book. The arts that the author had used in book that he had been able to make when the author wanted to make the book with color scrapes that can be used to make characters.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why might adults want to see a show about children's books?
    Answer: I know that adults want to see a show about children's books because they wanted to see the motions and similarities in which the author had published.

  • collinf-2-bar
    4/13/2016 - 12:10 p.m.

    Adults might want to see a show about children's books because the exhibit is about the books they most likely read as children. At the exhibit "adults can revel in the nostalgia of books they read as children or read to their own children."

    I read this article because I saw it was about "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", which I read as a kid.

  • laurenh-612-
    4/14/2016 - 08:57 a.m.

    I think it may be because of that the parents want to see it with their children, and that they want to become a part of what their child enjoys. And that seeing a show about children's books might educate them in a way that they can learn about the books, and get their children intrested in those books.

  • reidi-4-bar
    4/14/2016 - 08:39 p.m.

    I see a story is an exhibition that features more than 80 collages from 16 books, including the very hungry Caterpillar. The collages are hung just a few feet from the ground and the kids go through a scavenger hunt to engage them more with the collages. I think it is very cool that there is a collage of all different types of pictures kids love.

  • caitlynk-2-bar
    4/17/2016 - 05:52 p.m.

    Adults may want to see a show about children's books because books help you learn no matter how short they are. Parent's can go see a show about children's books to help there kids learn. Also, "Adults can revel in the nostalgia of books they read as children or read to their own children." This article was interesting because I remember reading children's books, such as 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. This article surprised me because it was weird to find out what inspired Carle to write all of these wonderful children's books.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    4/18/2016 - 09:45 p.m.

    Adults might want to see a show about children's books because it provides them with memories from their childhood. The article states,"Adults can revel in the nostalgia of books they read as children or read to their own children. Adults can also learn and understand how Carle creates his art for his children's books. This article is interesting because I didn't think adults would want to read and review a book that is read by little children.

  • charliet-orv
    4/20/2016 - 12:42 p.m.

    Because those are books THEY read as children. Who doesn't want to take a trip to the past?

  • avab-4-bar
    4/21/2016 - 09:05 p.m.

    Adults may want to see a show about children's books because books help you learn no matter how old they are, and who doesn't wanna take a quick trip to the past.

    I found this article interesting because I read this book when I was younger and I still love it.

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