Eric Carle was born in the United States in 1929 but spent his boyhood in Germany. At that time, the repressive Nazi regime forbade creating or displaying modern, expressionistic or abstract art, which they called "degenerate." But one day, when Eric was twelve or thirteen years old, his art teacher, Herr Krauss, secretly showed him some of the forbidden art. "I like the freedom and the looseness in the way you draw and paint," he said, "but I am only permitted to teach realistic art." And, pointing to the reproductions, he went on: "Just look at the looseness, the freedom andah!he beauty of these paintings. The Nazis have no idea what art is; they are charlatans!" At first young Eric was shocked by the art and feared the Herr Krauss had gone mad. Now Eric says, "My green lion, polka-dotted donkey and other animals painted in the 'wrong' colors were really born that day seventy years ago."
Franz Marc was born in Germany in 1880. He loved to paint animals in bright and unusual colors. At the time some traditional critics objected to his new ideas and his unconventional paintings, stylized in form and unrealistic in color. But Marc and some other like-minded artists formed an art group that was highly influential in the modern and expressionist movements. His paintings of blue horses are particularly famous. Franz Marc was killed in World War I. In the pocket of his uniform was found a sketchbook with thirty-six pencil drawings that, as he wrote to his wife, he was planning to make into oil paintings upon his return.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have joined with the best-selling children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, to help families learn about healthy eating habits.
Celebrating the 40th anniverary of one of the most popular children's books, this pop-up edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect new platform for the classic caterpillar.
The most-loved Caterpillar in the world is hungry...Very Hungry! Find and eat all of the Caterpillar's favorite foods while you learn the fundamentals of numbers and counting, in this beautiful, interactive math game for kids aged two years and up.