In autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniestIn autumn, a strong wind blows flower seeds high in the air and carries them far across the land. One by one, many of the seeds are lost -- burned by the sun, fallen into the ocean, eaten by a bird. But some survive the long winter and, come spring, sprout into plants, facing new dangers -- trampled by playing children, picked as a gift for a friend. Soon only the tiniest seed remains, growing into a giant flower and, when autumn returns, sending its own seeds into the wind to start the process over again.
Eric Carle's eloquent text and brilliant collages turn the simple life cycle of a plant into an exciting story, a nature lesson, and an inspiring message of the importance of perseverance....more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Aladdin (first published June 1st 1970)
|Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?|
written by Bill Martin Jr, 1967
Appealing animals in bold colors are seen and named in a rhyming question-and-response text that delights as it invites young readers and listeners to participate actively.
|1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, 1968|
Fun and learning add up to a perfect 10 in this eloquent but wordless counting book. Bright pictures tell the story: each car on the train has one more zoo animal than the one before it, and all arrive happily at the zoo in a dramatic foldout finale.
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 1969|
This all-time favorite not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more. Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun.
|Pancakes, Pancakes!, 1970|
Jack wants some pancakes, but first he must gather eggs from the chickens, wheat from the farmer, flour from the miller, milk from the cow, etc. His mother shows him how to cook and flip them, and hungry Jack knows what to do with them next.
|The Tiny Seed, 1970|
Poetic but simple text and lovely collage pictures dramatize the life cycle of all plants, as one tiny seed grows into an enormous sunflower, which then produces more seeds in its turn.
|Tales of the Nimipoo|
by Eleanor B. Hardy, 1970 (out of print)
Native American stories, with woodcut illustrations.
|The Boastful Fisherman|
by William Knowlton, 1970 (out of print)
An old Hawaiian tale of boastful fishermen who learn their lesson as they try to prove their fishing prowess. Colorful linoleum block print illustrations.
|Feathered Ones and Furry|
by Aileen Fisher, 1971 (out of print)
Gentle nature poems with woodcut illustrations, on acetate and art paper.
|The Scarecrow Clock|
by George Mendoza, 1971 (out of print)
Full color collages illustrate an amusing fantasy.
|Do You Want to Be My Friend?, 1971|
In few words but expressive pictures, a little mouse looks for a friend - and happily finds one just in time to save himself from a predator who has been hiding there all the time - unseen, but in plain sight! A simple story on the universal theme of friendship.
|Rooster’s Off to See the World, 1972|
Rooster and the colorful animals that join him on his journey to see the world, provide an enjoyable introduction to the meaning of numbers and sets.
|The Very Long Tail (Folding Book), 1972 (out of print)|
|The Very Long Train (Folding Book), 1972 (out of print)|
These two wordless books (now collectors’ items) are printed on heavy stock, accordion-folded, and come in their own plastic cases. “Read” or looked at in sequence, each tells a story in bright collage pictures. These innovative books can also stand alone, toy like, to form a decorated wall or play area for a child of pre-reading age.
|The Secret Birthday Message, 1972|
A message in code starts Tim off on an exciting treasure hunt through a dark cave, an underground tunnel, and other strange places until he finds a happy surprise. Die-cut pages demonstrate in a “hands on” way the meanings of place-words like up, below, through, etc.
|Walter the Baker, 1972|
By order of the Duke, Walter the Baker must invent a tasty roll through which the rising sun can shine three times. A lively and colorful retelling of the legend of the invention of the pretzel.
|Do Bears Have Mothers Too?|
by Aileen Fisher, 1973 (out of print)
Striking, poster-like pictures of a variety of animal mothers with their offspring - cubs, kittens, cygnets, and other charmers - are accompanied by verses by a beloved nature-poet.
|Have You Seen My Cat?, 1973|
A boy’s beloved pet cat has disappeared and he sets out to find it. In his search he meets many different kinds of cats, both wild and domesticated, before he finally discovers his own cat, who has a happy surprise for him. (Can you guess what it is?)
|I See a Song, 1973|
As a violinist, shown in black and white, starts to play, colorful semi-abstract images emerge from his music, transmuting magically from one to the next until the end, when the violinist, himself transformed into a many-colored figure, bows and leaves. Wordless, this beautiful book encourages children to develop their own visual and musical imagination and creativity.
|My Very First Book of Numbers|
My Very First Book of Colors
My Very First Book of Shapes
My Very First Book of Words, 1974
A collection of split-page books in which children can match various familiar objects with numbers, colors, shapes, and words. A gamelike approach to learning, for very young children.
|Why Noah Chose the Dove|
written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1974
Master story-teller and master illustrator combine their brilliant talents to produce a fresh and lively version of this favorite Old Testament tale of the animals as they vie with one another for a place of honor on Noah’s Ark. For all ages.
|All About Arthur, 1974 (out of print)|
An Amusing And Articulate Alphabet-ical story for all ages, in well-chosen words and Zany pictures.
|The Hole in the Dike|
written by Norma Green, 1975
The classic tale of the brave little Dutch boy who kept his finger in a leak in the dike all night long, preventing the damage from spreading, and so saved his town from a devastating flood. Inspiring story of a courageous small boy.
|The Mixed-Up Chameleon, 1975|
Hilarious pictures show what happens when a bored chameleon wishes it could be more like other animals, but is finally convinced it would rather just be itself. An imagination-stretcher for children.
|Eric Carle’s Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm, 1976 |
(out of print)
Seven of the most popular tales by the Brothers Grimm, retold by Eric Carle and illustrated in full color.
|The Grouchy Ladybug, 1977|
A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone it meets regardless of their size or strength. How this bumptious bug gets its comeuppance and learns the pleasures to be gained by cheerfulness and good manners is an amusing lesson in social behavior. Die-cut pages add drama and dimension.
|Watch Out! A Giant!, 1978|
Die-cut pages add to the excitement as two children outwit a scary giant.
|Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, 1978 (out of print)|
A companion to Eric Carle’s Storybook (above), this features seven favorite stories retold and illustrated by Eric Carle.
|Twelve Tales from Aesop, 1980 (out of print)|
Familiar classic fables retold and illustrated by Eric Carle.
|The Honeybee and the Robber, 1981|
A brave little honeybee saves the day when a big hungry bear attacks the beehive. Ingenious pop-ups and other movable images bring this funny and informative story to vivid life.
by Norton Juster, 1982 (out of print)
Very amusing, cartoon-like line drawings illustrate excruciatingly clever puns by noted author Norton Juster. Fun for all ages.
|Catch the Ball!|
Let’s Paint A Rainbow
What’s For Lunch?, 1982
This delightful series incorporates movable parts, cutout shapes, and sturdy board pages that have been designed to encourage counting, adding, color naming, object identification, beginning reading, and manual dexterity.
|Chip Has Many Brothers|
written by Hans Baumann, 1983
new title: Thank You, Brother Bear, 1995
An original tale,which skillfully combines elements of both North European and Native American traditions, tells of a little boy, Chip, who must make a long and dangerous journey to get the medicine that will cure his sick sister. Because he is both brave and kind, he is helped by the animals he meets along the way.
|The Very Busy Spider, 1984|
With the use of raised printing, this innovative book adds the sense of touch to vision and hearing as ways to understand and enjoy the strikingly designed illustrations and the memorable story. Various farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. Enjoyed by all audiences, this book’s tactile element makes it especially interesting to the visually-impaired.
|The Foolish Tortoise|
written by Richard Buckley, 1985
A witty modern fable tells how a tortoise discovers the need for a shell after several scary encounters.
|The Greedy Python|
written by Richard Buckley, 1985
A companion book to The Foolish Tortoise (above), this tells of a python who is so excessively greedy that it finally eats itself.
|The Mountain that Loved a Bird|
written by Alice McLerran, 1985
A sensitive, poetic text inspires handsome, semi-abstract college illustrations, in this tale of a little bird that brings a renewal of life and happiness to a lonely, barren mountain.
|All Around Us, 1986, (out of print)|
|Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, 1986|
Beautiful illustrations are enhanced by dramatic fold-out pages in this moving and imaginative tale of a father’s love for his daughter. Monica’s father fulfills her request by bringing the moon down from the sky after it’s small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size.
|My Very First Book of Sounds|
My Very First Book of Food
My Very First Book of Tools
My Very First Book of Touch
My Very First Book of Motion
My Very First Book of Growth
My Very First Book of Homes
My Very First Book of Heads, 1986, (all out of print)
A group of small-format books with bold, simple images and words, designed, as the titles indicate, for the very young child who is just learning to identify, name, and classify familiar objects.
|All in a Day|
collected by Mitsumasa Anno, 1986
Eric Carle, in collaboration with nine other internationally-acclaimed artists, reveals events in a day in the lives of children in various countries all over the world, showing time, climate, environmental and social differences but emphasizing the commonality of humankind everywhere. Thought-provoking as well as entertaining.
|A House for Hermit Crab, 1987|
An underwater fantasy based on the true habits of hermit crabs and the flora and fauna of their marine environment, this book offers young readers an interesting first introduction to marine biology as well as an appealing story of Hermit Crab’s search for a house he can really call his home, as he grows throughout one year’s cycle.
|The Lamb and the Butterfly|
written by Arnold Sundgaard, 1988
A protected lamb and an independent butterfly discuss their very different ways of living in a charmingly simple yet philosophical text on the themes of tolerance and diversity. Lovely full-color illustrations appeal to a wide audience range.
|Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children, 1988|
A delightfully illustrated retelling of 22 favorite folktales, fairytales, and fables that every child should know. Retold from the works of Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm.
compiled by Laura Whipple, 1989
A generously illustrated collection of poems by a variety of authors, describing the peculiarities and charms of pets as well as both wild and domestic animals. Eric Carle is noted for his depiction of animals and this colorful anthology contains some of his finest works.
|The Very Quiet Cricket, 1990|
The surprise ending of this enormously popular book features a chip that perfectly reproduces the real sound of a cricket’s song. In the story, a young cricket longs to make a sound by rubbing his wings together as many other crickets do. How he finally gets his wish is a romantic tale as well as a first look at natural history for the very young.
|Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?|
written by Bill Martin Jr, 1991
Easy, repetitive question-and-response text draws children into joyful interaction as they imitate the sounds of a variety of zoo animals for the zookeeper. Big, bold animal illustrations and lots of noisy fun.
compiled by Laura Whipple, 1991
Fearsome dragons and other fantastic legend creatures abound in this collection of poems, both modern and classic, all gloriously illustrated in full color, that will expand the world of a reader’s imagination.
|Draw Me a Star, 1992|
The artist’s drawing of a star begins the creation of an entire universe around him as each successive pictured object requests that he draw more. Based on Eric Carle’s recollection of his grandmother’s way of drawing a star (directions included), this seemingly simple story also provides insights into an artist’s private world of creativity. An inspiring book.
|Today Is Monday, 1993|
Based on the well-known children’s song, funny, full-color pictures show the foods featured for each day of the week. In a thoughtful new ending to the familiar text, all the world’s children are invited on Sunday to come and eat it up.
|Eric Carle: Picture Writer, 1993|
This video contains an inspiring interview with Eric Carle; a hands-on demonstration of tissue paper painting followed by the making of collage illustration. Eric Carle no longer makes school visits, and although this video may not capture the excitement of actually meeting the author/illustrator, it provides insight into his creative process.
Produced by Searchlight Films, Director: Rawn Fulton
|My Apron, 1994|
A little boy longs to help his uncle, a mason, plaster the chimney. He feels very grown-up when he gets a work-apron of his own and the chance to do his own small share in real “grown-up” work. A touching story with a valuable message, illustrated in a striking technique using a strong black outline over bright color. A usable, child-size work-apron is included with the book for the reader who can’t wait to get started on his or her own work project.
|The Very Lonely Firefly, 1995|
Young readers empathize with the lonely firefly who makes many errors as he looks for the group where he will really “belong.” In his search for compatible companions, he meets many other night creatures, but none is quite right—until the happy surprise at the very end when the illustration of a swarm of friendly fireflies literally shines and twinkles a welcome in the night. Heartwarming.
|Little Cloud, 1996|
Every child loves to see fanciful shapes in the clouds. But what are clouds really for? Here a little cloud slips away from its parent clouds and turns itself into a series of wonderful forms - a sheep, an airplane, a hat, a clown - before rejoining the other clouds as they perform their real function: making rain.
|The Art of Eric Carle, 1996|
This handsomly-designed volume explores many facets of Eric Carle’s life and work. It includes an autobiography, illustrated with many photographs, telling of his early years in the United States, describing the roots of his inspiration, his art education in Germany, his career as a commercial artist on his return to the land of his birth, and his almost accidental discovery of his real vocation—creating beautiful picturebooks for young children. Essays and critical appreciations of his works, and color photographs showing how the artist creates his unique collage illustrations add to the interest and usefulness of this book. Fine reproductions of many of his best illustrations and a complete list of his books are included.
|From Head to Toe, 1997|
“I can do it!” is the confidence-building message of this book. As young children copy the antics of Eric Carle’s animals, they’ll learn such important skills as careful listening, focusing attention, and following instructions. Just as alphabet books introduce letters and simple words, From Head to Toe introduces the basic body parts and simple body movements - the ABC’s of dancing, gymnastics, and other sports activities.
Reviews, Mr. Rogers Episode, Additional Notes
|Flora and Tiger: 19 very short stories from my life, 1997|
Every so often, children who have grown up enjoying Eric Carle’s books ask him whether he has written “older” books. Inspired by his questioners, Eric Carle has written this delightful collection of short stories. The events in these stories take place from his earliest childhood to the present. All of the stories are true. But they are set down, not in the order in which they happened, but as they occurred to the author. They come from various places and times of his life and have three things in common: animals or insects, friends or relatives, and Eric Carle.
Reviews, Additional Notes
|Hello, Red Fox, 1998|
Mama Frog gets a big surprise when the guests arrive for Little Frog’s birthday party: Red Fox looks green to her! Orange Cat looks blue! With the active help of the reader, Little Frog shows Mama Frog how to see the animals in their more familiar colors. In this book, Eric Carle invites readers to discover complementary colors while enjoying the amusing story of Little Frog and his colorful friends.
Reviews, Additional Notes
|You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-to Book, 1998|
Many people ask Eric Carle how he makes his pictures. Klutz Press and Eric Carle got together to answer that question in this simple how-to book, featuring 72 full-color printed tissue papers painted by Eric Carle with instructions and inspirations and even a bit of encouragement for those in a bit of need.
|The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, 1999|
HEAR the beetle CLICK as it flips through the pages of this book and learns how to land on its feet! Small readers will recognize and empathize with the clumsy little beetle’s eagerness to learn what the older beetle can already do so well. They will understand, too, its frustration when at first it fails. And they will surely rejoice in its eventual spectacular triumph.
|Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?, 2000|
Meet the little joey, whose kangaroo mother carries him in her pouch. See the cygnet riding on the back of the mother swan. Eric Carle’s colorful collages of animal babies with their caring and affectionate mothers offer small readers visual delight as well as comforting reassurance.
|Dream Snow, 2000|
It’s Christmas Eve, and an old farmer settles down for nap, wondering how Christmas can come when it hasn't snowed yet. The farmer falls asleep and in his dream, he imagines snowflakes covering him and his animals. He awakens to discover it really has snowed. A surprise at the end of the book makes this a truly magical Christmas.
|“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, 2002|
Slowly, slowly, slowly... that’s how the sloth lives. He hangs upside-down from the branch of a tree, night and day, in the sun and in the rain, while the other animals of the rain forest rush past him. “Why are you so slow? Why are you so quiet? Why are you so lazy?” the others ask the sloth. And, after a long, long time, the sloth finally tells them!.
|Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!, 2003|
A dog, a cat, a rooster, a goat, a rabbit, and finally a child join together on a journey to see their friends in this unique bilingual collaboration that unites cultures and languages.
|Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?|
written by Bill Martin Jr, 2003
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? is told from the point of view of endangered creatures, and one dreaming child; each page a tribute to wild animals and their freedom.
|Mister Seahorse, 2004|
Mister Seahorse and fellow fish fathers who care for their soon-to-be-hatched offspring, share their stories while acetate pages reveal camouflaged creatures who bear witness to the conversation between fathers with fins.
|10 Little Rubber Ducks, 2005|
10 Little Rubber Ducks fall overboard and land on shores all around the world. Inspired by the true story of these ducks at sea, Eric Carle has imagined their voyage in the wide open waters and the creatures they meet who live in and around the ocean.
|Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?, 2007|
Join Baby Bear as he sets out to look for his beloved Mama Bear, meeting a diverse cast of North American animals along the way. Readers of all ages will enjoy the rich, colorful illustrations and heartfelt story of this last collaboration in a series that has helped millions learn to read.
|The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse, 2011|
Reviews, Video, NPR interview
Review on USA Today
|The Nonsense Show, 2015|
Reviews, Interview in The Wall Street Journal