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Here is the perfect gift for young children learning their colors, shapes, and numbers. All four of Eric Carle''s popular new split-page board books are now packaged together in a slipcased library. A game as well as a learning experience, these early concept books are both fun and smart.

Children can turn the top pages independently from the bottom pages, creating a matching game that offers all the charm of Eric Carle''s bright collage illustrations. Collected here are My Very First Book of Colors, My Very First Book of Shapes, My Very First Book of Numbers, and My Very First Book of Words. Irresistible fun for young hands and minds!

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Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola: Author One-on-One

is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other children’s books. is the author and illustrator of Strega Nona: Her Story and countless other books. They recently had a conversation about their careers as picture book authors.

Tomie dePaola: When I was only four years old, I announced to my family in particular and to the world in general that I was going to become an artist, and write stories and draw pictures for books. I never swayed from that early declaration. I’ve always been curious to know, what inspired you to become a creator and illustrator of picture books?

Eric Carle: My career began as a graphic designer and for a number of years I worked as an art director for an advertising agency in New York. In the mid 1960''s Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate his Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Well, I was set on fire! I was so inspired by this book, and the opportunity to illustrate it changed my life. After that, I started to create my own books, both words and pictures, and really it was then that I had found my true course in life.

Now, I have a question for you, Tomie. How would you describe your artistic style, and has it changed over time?

Tomie dePaola: My illustration style is heavily influenced by folk art--strong simple shapes, bold lines, color, color, color and a deceptive simplicity. My style began to develop early in art school, and through the years, it hasn’t changed very much, but it has refined itself. How would you describe yours?

Eric Carle: My aim with my work is to simplify and refine, be logical and harmonious. I like to use simple shapes, bright colors and a lot of white space. I write for the child inside of me. That is always where I begin.

Tomie dePaola: I do, as well. The only audience I keep in mind is that four-year-old in me. People sometimes ask me what advice I would give to young artists. I always think of the wonderful advice I received from my twin cousins when they were in art school in the late ''30s. They told me, “Practice, practice, practice and don’t copy.”

Eric Carle: I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT. I want to be encouraging but I can only offer the example of my own experience, which is just one approach. There are many wonderful artists to learn about, which is important. But you must use your own imagination. You have to just do it.

Tomie dePaola: How do you feel knowing that a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world?

Eric Carle: It is hard for me, maybe for others too, to grasp this concept. But I am truly honored that my story is enjoyed by so many and that it is now being shared by a generation of parents who grew up with my book. How about your Strega Nona. She is one of your most popular characters. Can you share how she came to be?

Tomie dePaola: In the ‘70s when I was teaching at a college, we were required to attend faculty meetings. I always sat in the back with a yellow legal pad. Everyone thought I was taking notes. At one meeting a doodle appeared of a little lady with a big nose and a big chin. I named her Strega Nona, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, how will you be celebrating the third annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day this year?

Eric Carle: On The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20th, I will probably be at home with my wife, Bobbie (I am a bit of a hermit, actually). But I will be saying a little toast to the caterpillar for whom I have a special place in my heart. And speaking of holidays, isn’t your favorite holiday Christmas. Do you have a special Christmas memory?

Tomie dePaola: Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite Christmas was the one when I received tons and tons of art supplies: everything from an easel to paints, pads and pads of paper, and “how to draw” books.

About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into 70 languages and sold over 55 million copies. Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 170 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2003, Carle received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) for lifetime achievement in children''s literature. In 2002, Eric and his wife, Barbara, cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts, a 40,000-square-foot space dedicated to the celebration of picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world, underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Eric Carle passed away in May 2021 at the age of 91. His work remains an important influence on artists and illustrators at work today. www.eric-carle.com

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Not a regular picture book
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2020
Based on Brown Bear, Brown Bear I thought these were going to be regular picture books. And without any photos, I assumed as much. When they arrived I found out they are matching books—all the pages are split in half and you have to flip through the top half and bottom half... See more
Based on Brown Bear, Brown Bear I thought these were going to be regular picture books. And without any photos, I assumed as much. When they arrived I found out they are matching books—all the pages are split in half and you have to flip through the top half and bottom half to find matches. Great for older kids but not great for babies. Going to keep this set for when my infant son is older but bummed that now I have to go back to the drawing board in search of a different set of similarly-themed books for him. Oh well. That’s the risk when you buy stuff online without first seeing it in person!
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Eric Carle Library Collection
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
When I was first introduced to Eric Carle, 20 years ago, I loved the way he wrote and the lively illustrations for young children. This collection is no different. Now, that Mr. Carle has passed away, I will cherish his collection even more. The best thing Mr. Carle did... See more
When I was first introduced to Eric Carle, 20 years ago, I loved the way he wrote and the lively illustrations for young children. This collection is no different. Now, that Mr. Carle has passed away, I will cherish his collection even more. The best thing Mr. Carle did was to make the majority of his books on cardstock. They are durable for younglings''.
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Great books for kids with a speech delay
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
My twin daughters are speech delayed and this book has helped them answer questions. I love how interactive the books are. I highly recommend!
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Not "first books" for babies; great for toddlers
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2015
These would be great for older children, but it is not good for a "first library." For example, I bought these before my son was born, thinking I would be able to read them to him even when he was very small. These books though are designed as more of a... See more
These would be great for older children, but it is not good for a "first library." For example, I bought these before my son was born, thinking I would be able to read them to him even when he was very small. These books though are designed as more of a "discovery learning" or "matching" style -- the top has a word or name, and you have to turn the bottom pages to find the match. Great for toddlers, but not "first books."
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A ''must have'' for the young and curious learners. The books will pull their attention in to learning.
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2011
I don''t know about you, but I remember opening up Eric Carle''s books and lighting up with joy as I flipped through the pages. When I was a child, my school would often bring in different books of his, and our teacher would let us read them or he/she would read to us. The... See more
I don''t know about you, but I remember opening up Eric Carle''s books and lighting up with joy as I flipped through the pages. When I was a child, my school would often bring in different books of his, and our teacher would let us read them or he/she would read to us. The colorful pictures and variety of animals, shapes, objects, drawings, etc., you can''t be disappointed as a kid. All the things that kids love are in his books. I bought Eric''s book sets because of my past memories and fondness with them. As of now, I often use them when I teach to children from the ages of 3-6. In my classes, the books are always a big hit. The children smile when they see the pages turn, and they are able to easily remember the alphabet, shapes, colors, numbers, and movements, thanks to the colors and creativity of his books. I personally think that everyone who has young ones, or will have young ones, should make this a top priority purchase.
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The very first library
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
I got it from my son. He loves the books. He flips through them like a manic. Trying to teach to read at an early age. The book itself is critical thinking because you have to look for the picture to match the words. Great bright colours to catch attention.
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Eric Carle is world renown as a celebrated young children''s author, illustator
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020
Great collection at a great price! Bold, bright colors.
Board book for little hands to manipulate successfully.
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They are simple and because of that she''s easily picking up on colors and shapes already
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2015
I bought these books about 5 months ago. My 18 mo daughter still loves these books. They are simple and because of that she''s easily picking up on colors and shapes already. The double flaps keep her entertained for a while and they are just her size to carry around, read... See more
I bought these books about 5 months ago. My 18 mo daughter still loves these books. They are simple and because of that she''s easily picking up on colors and shapes already. The double flaps keep her entertained for a while and they are just her size to carry around, read in the car and are very sturdy. They have held up well to her teething on them so far!
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RK
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Great gift
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2016
I think the Eric Carle books are great for small children, so this was bought as a gift and the recipient enjoyed it very much.
I think the Eric Carle books are great for small children, so this was bought as a gift and the recipient enjoyed it very much.
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Super first library set.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2013
I got this as a xmas present for a friend of mine and her daughter loves it. The pictures are great and keep a toddler occupied for ages!
I got this as a xmas present for a friend of mine and her daughter loves it. The pictures are great and keep a toddler occupied for ages!
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Bello
Reviewed in Italy on February 18, 2021
Libro veramente bello e coinvolgente Lo consiglio. Gioco sulle ripetizioni, linguaggio semplice, immagini chiare e belle aiutano il bambino a interessarsi alla storia e alla lettura. Coinvolgente. Consigliatissimo
Libro veramente bello e coinvolgente Lo consiglio. Gioco sulle ripetizioni, linguaggio semplice, immagini chiare e belle aiutano il bambino a interessarsi alla storia e alla lettura. Coinvolgente. Consigliatissimo
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Wow.
Reviewed in Canada on November 27, 2018
Such a good gift for my niece. She started to recognize a few things and I thought I would get this for her. I would ask her where’s the strawberry and she would flip to the page where the strawberry was. How cute and education. Amazing. Can’t go wrong with Eric carle books.
Such a good gift for my niece. She started to recognize a few things and I thought I would get this for her. I would ask her where’s the strawberry and she would flip to the page where the strawberry was. How cute and education. Amazing. Can’t go wrong with Eric carle books.
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Reviewed in Spain on October 6, 2020
A mi me encanta Eric Carle, por eso decidí comprar esta colección pero los libros son bastante pequeños y frágiles, cuesta meterlos y sacarlos de la caja y no lo recomendaría.
A mi me encanta Eric Carle, por eso decidí comprar esta colección pero los libros son bastante pequeños y frágiles, cuesta meterlos y sacarlos de la caja y no lo recomendaría.
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