Sunday came with another sad news amidst the grim and depressing situation of Covid. One of the most acclaimed and beloved children’s author, Eric Carle died in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was 91 years old. He was one of the authors who gave preschool kids colors and wings to imagination. Some of the earliest literary memories of most kids would include his books either read aloud by parents, caretakers or teachers. No library is complete without having his books to kick start school.
His books are popular for their unique style. His art sets him apart from other authors distinctive and instantly recognizable. The illustrations found in his books are his artwork that are created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket – giving them a playful quality.
His books have created a niche of their own not just because of their simple language, vivid illustrations and bright colours. They instill hope, bravery, self discovery and above all, the importance of exploring one’s emotions to understand the consequences of our actions. His books are dearly loved by teachers and librarians world over for their easy style, fun around animals and best of all, the collage style illustrations. Children from around the world would send him pictures of their collage inspired by him. His absence has left a void which coming generations of wide eyed preschoolers will miss.
RIP Eric Carle