Friday, June 26, 2009

The Joy of Eric Carle

It's easy to see why Eric Carle books appeal to Ronan- bright colorful images, simple shapes, repetition, and concise text. Four of Mr. Carle's books are currently at the top of Ronan's weekly reading list.

Enjoying a Carle book with Ronan is certain to have precious moments. For example, while reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Ronan leans down to kiss the "White Dog, White Dog" illustration (Ronan loves most animals, especially dogs). Brown Bear is also the first book Ronan sat still for from cover to cover- no small feat considering his abbreviated attention span.

Ronan always spends time looking for the protagonist in The Very Hungry Caterpiller, especially on the opposite page next to the fun punch holes.

The crinkly sound made by turning the acetate pages of Mister Seahorse always give Ronan a chuckle, and he delights in finding the Lionfish camouflaged amongst a coral reef. Finally, Grammy and Poppa have Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? waiting for Ronan at their house just in case we forget to pack his favorite books.

The next time Ronan toddles to his library (a blue plastic bucket that is in his play area) and selects his book for story time, chances are that it will be filled with the fun illustrations of Eric Carle.

1 comment:

Holly said...

I'm happy to know Ronan is becoming a bibliophile at such a young age. He'll find a life time of joy in books. :-)