"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 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 set up 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 he 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. It is 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.
 
Carle is 86 and formally retired. He 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. 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 the chief curator of the Carle Museum. Insects and animals are drawn from his memories of childhood walks with his father. "Walter the Baker" pays tribute 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 show also has 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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COMMENTS (53)
  • jordanr-Orv
    4/11/2016 - 08:46 a.m.

    Well,adults could very reminded of their childhood memories of their parents reading this book too them.or readingredients it to their children

  • angele-
    4/11/2016 - 11:05 a.m.

    I have read the very hungry caterpillar really good book to read when you are a kid.I love that book when as a kid.

  • paytong-
    4/11/2016 - 11:06 a.m.

    I remember when I read the hungry catiipiler when I was younger. I loved that book a lot.

  • jonathanm3202006-
    4/11/2016 - 11:12 a.m.

    Adults might want to see a show, if there children are disabled, or maybe because there still learning how to read. I think this is not a bad idea and it might help some kids out.

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

    They might want to see a show about children's book so there children learn how to speak how to read how thing are different colors. They also might want a show about children's book because maybe there children might have not read those different books

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

    I think so they can remember the books they read when they were small. Also they can read to there child or children. And they can teach their child or children to read on their own. If I was an adult I would read little kids books and remember the books I read when I was small. That's what I think.

  • jaylynnj-Orv
    4/11/2016 - 01:25 p.m.

    It's really cool to see this in a art show. I really loved this book as a kid, and it'c cool that we can see a new light on this book.

  • davidc-dal
    4/11/2016 - 05:33 p.m.

    They might want to see it because they might want to go back into their childhood or see what kids can read!

  • kayleeu-2-bar
    4/11/2016 - 06:49 p.m.

    Adults might want to see a show about children's books because they might want to revisit their childhood memories and to see how the very colorful pictures came to life. When the Adults come through the museum seeing the rooms that are "populated by playful animals and imaginative children" it could remind them of their childhood and what they had experienced when reading these books. Also some of the Adults could be interested in seeing the "acrylic paint on white tissue paper to create bright sheets" that made the book taking them in a new direction of understanding each and every color filled photo.

    My opinion on this article is that I love that Adults would walk through this museum to see how these books were made.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    4/12/2016 - 09:16 a.m.

    Adults have read these books for years, so seeing a show about their childhood favorites is a really good experience for them. My mom read some of these to me when I was younger and had them since she was a kid as well.

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