Exploring the Wonderful
World of Eric Carle
By: Clara Dixon
Hello students! This kiosk is designed
to help you understand a few of the
books by Eric Carle. There is a review
quiz at the end of the presentation to
review what you have read!
Click each of these links to review the information
Once you have completed all sections, go to the
• Born in Syracuse, NY in 1929, but lived in Germany
from age 6 to 23 until returning to America in 1952.
• Worked as graphic designer for promotion
department of the New York Times (He got an
interview for this job through Leo Lionni).
• Served in U.S. Army as mail clerk.
• Married at age 25 in 1954.
• Teacher pointed out his gift at a young age; continued
• Attended prestigious art school in Germany.
• He does collage art on print paper-uses lots of color!
• Has received over 20 different types of awards
throughout his career.
• Uses animals and color to explore deep concepts
throughout his books.
Video of Eric Carle About The Very
SYNOPSIS OF THE
• “A story of hope”-Eric Carle Video
• From a little egg to brilliant butterfly, a very hungry
caterpillar eats all different colored fruits and foods
trying to quench his hunger. Finally he eats a leaf
and feels better. He then builds a cocoon and
blossoms into a beautiful butterfly!
Synopsis of The Tiny Seed
• The tiny seed is about a group of seeds that
gets carried by the wind across many
different places and the one tiny seed who
makes it through a series of events until it
lands in the Winter. When Spring comes it
grows slower than the rest but eventually
grows to be a giant flower in the Summer.
Come Autumn, the wind blows the seeds
out of the flower and the cycle continues.
Synopsis of Dream Snow
“A quiet Christmas story with a little music at
the end.” Kirkus Review
This story is about a farmer who lives alone
on his farm with his beloved animals. It is
almost Christmas time but no snow has fallen.
The farmer dreams of snow and when he
awakes his dreams have come true and it is
time for Christmas!
Synopsis of Mr. Seahorse
Fact: The father seahorse is the one
who carries the mother's eggs around
in his pouch before they hatch.
In this book Eric Carle takes us on a
journey through the sea and introduces
us to the seahorse and a few other fish
who all bear the traditionally maternal
burden of carrying eggs.
Synopsis of The Very
• “A Story about work”-Eric Carle Video
• A lovely spider begins to spin her web on a farm.
All the barn-yard animals approach her as she spins
and ask her to join them in various activities; she
never responds just keeps busy spinning her web.
She finally finishes and falls asleep, without saying a
word, after her very busy day.
Curriculum For The Tiny Seed
• This book could be the introduction to a science
unit for plant growth and reproduction.
• Students will eventually be able to identify plant
parts, where seeds come from, how they grow, and
what plants require to survive.
• Worksheets could be used for math, vocabulary,
and science experiments as well.
• The class could plant seeds to start out the unit
so they can track their growth progress over time.
Curriculum for Mister Seahorse
Mister Seahorse would be a great story to
teach kindergarten to first graders about
the different kind of caregivers each and
every one of us can have.
This story also offers a great opportunity
to discuss artwork and collages and
maybe even do an art project.
Curriculum for The Very Hungry
• The simplest way to incorporate a lesson
in this book are to observe the life stages
of a caterpillar. Egg-Caterpillar-Cocoon-
• I would use it in a preschool or
Kindergarten classroom; young readers
using visual cues for comprehension.
Curriculum for The Very Busy Spider
This story emphasizes the importance that
work comes first. The little spider would not
have fun because she knew she needed to get
her web spun in order to eat.
In the same way you could ask students
what they have to do before they can play.
Homework, dinner, etc. Ask the class to
write a quick essay describing their day and
what things are most important to get done
and what are more fun things.
Curriculum for Dream Snow
Dream Snow could be a good story
for a creative writing lesson.
Although this book is targeted at a
younger age group, after reading
this to third graders you could
have them write a their own short
stories creating their very own
winter wonderland scenes.
Information for this presentation was taken from:
- Carle, Eric. (1996). The Art of Eric Carle. New York: Philomel Books.
- The Official Eric Carle Web Site. Retrieved from http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html
- Danckert, R.W. (consultant), & R. Fulton (director). (1993). Eric Carle: Picture Writer (video tape). United
States: Searchlight Films.
- The video was taken off youtube.com (http://www.youtube.com/v/fvRcCKP5v6Q)
- Dream Snow by: Eric Carle
- The Tiny Seed by: Eric Carle
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle
- The Very Busy Spider by: Eric Carle
- Mister Seahorse by: Eric Carle
Review Activity (Quiz)
Read each question carefully. Click
the choice you think is right. If the
answer is correct you will be able to
move on! If it is incorrect, read the
instructions and try again!
There is a link back to the menu just
in case you have not completed the
review of all sections of content, or if
you want to review a few more slides
before starting! Good luck!
In what city and state was Eric Carle born?
Hint: It was on the biography slide.
Syracuse, NY New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY Staton Island, NY
Correct Answer to
Congratulations! Eric Carle
was borne in Syracuse, NY. Move on
to the next question and keep up the
Incorrect answers for
Oops. Not quite the answer I’m
looking for. Very close; don’t worry!
Click the back button and try again!
Which book was used to integrate a lesson on
the stages a caterpillar goes through?
The Very Lazy Dog The Very Hungry
Dream Snow The Very Busy Spider
YES!!!! It was The Very Hungry
Caterpillar! Great Job! Move on to
the next review question when you’re
Sorry, not quite the right answer!
Hint: It is one of the “Very” books!
Click the back button to return to the question!
Which book did Eric Carle say was “A story
The Very Hungry The Very Busy Spider
Mister Seahorse Dream Snow
Congratulations! The Very Busy
Spider was too busy building her web
to play with any of the other animals!
Provide feedback and send them back to the
question 3 slide.
I have the word below but you need to set the
action settings to go back to the question.
A particular slide catching your eye?
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