Archive for July, 2011
Friday, July 29th, 2011
It’s Summer Sidewalk Sale time in Northampton, MA! Every year, downtown shops and eateries in Northampton celebrate summer with four days of great deals, food, music and fun. This year for the first time, The Carle Museum is sharing a booth with Eric Carle’s downtown Northampton studio. The Carle Bookshop will be there all weekend selling a sampling of the goodies we regularly sell in our brick-and-mortar shop in Amherst, as well as online.
Check out our sidewalk set-up!
Our booth is stocked up with all sorts of toys and books (including bestsellers and super-sale discount deals). Even if it rains, we’re prepared. Look at those super cute umbrellas!
We have some special book signings lined up at our booth as well, so stop on by and meet the authors and illustrators behind your favorite books. Yesterday we had a great event with Jeff Mack.
Friday at 1 pm: Jane Dyer
Andy and Jane Dyer at the Northampton Sidewalk Sale
Sunday at 1 pm: David Hyde Costello
If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello! Look for our Very Hungry Caterbillar VW Bug. You can’t miss it. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
As you may know, we sell gorgeous Eric Carle fabric in our store. We have over thirty different patterns, designs and colors all in well-made cotton fabric, perfect for quilting and other home sewing projects. One of my favorite parts of the job is having customers come back to show me what they have created with their fabric! It’s always so amazing to see the variety of beautiful projects that can be made with a little creativity and skill!
Here’s a lovely quilt made by member (and educator of Music Together, one of the classes offered here at The Carle for families), Heleen Cardinaux.
She combined the Brown Bear panel with the Brown Bear stripes (you may recognize those stripes from the endpapers of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see?). You can see the backing was made with this lovely starry night fabric, which makes for an extremely cozy quilt for night time cuddles. Look closely for Heleen’s extra special touch. She stitched the outline of each of the animals so that it appears lightly on the starry backing as if it’s a constellation. Love it!
For more great quilt and fabric project photos, check out my blog post here and here or check out our Flickr site for even more ideas of what to make! So inspiring!
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Oh, Harry! by Maxine Kumin, illustrated by Barry Moser (Roaring Brook Press)
Kumin, a highly acclaimed poet who breeds horses on her New Hampshire farm, imagines a funny tale about a horse with an unusual asset — calming his fellow equines in their horse-show barn. When 6-year-old Algernon Adams the Third arrives with a nasty attitude and a barrel of unruly tricks, he puts the whole stable in an uproar. The boy gets his comeuppance, however, when one of his daily pranks backfires and he ends up locked in the grain bin. How Harry saves the day and makes a lifelong friend of Algie provides fodder for Kumin’s agile pen. Moser’s deft illustrations capture Harry’s personality well, amusing children as well as parents reading the story aloud.
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Monday, July 25th, 2011
Today’s Picture Book Puzzler is made up of popular picture books with color names in their titles! Can you fill in each blank with the right color? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers.
1. Mr. _____ Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
2. The Big _____ Splot by Daniel Pinkwater
3. Go Away, Big _____ Monster! by Ed Emberley
4. Shrinking ______ by Cari Best and Giselle Potter
5. Ten _____ Dots by Donald Crews
6. The Fierce _____ Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Egielski
7. _____ and Say by Patricia Polacco
8. Harold and the _____ Crayon by Crockett Johnson
9. The Frogs Wore _____ Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky and Petra Mathers
10. Little _____ Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
BONUS: The _____ Goblins by Ul de Rico
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books).
A small white rabbit, thickly lined in lush dark green, scampers across the landscape scattering yellow and white flowers as he passes. As he hops over the grass, he wonders about what it would be like to be tall, or to flutter like a butterfly, or to be able to move like a rock; intermediary pictures depict his imaginations. Home again with Mother Rabbit to greet him, he wonders not at all who loves him. Henkes’ large splendid illustrations, designed for the very young, are aptly executed.
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Monday, July 18th, 2011
For today’s Picture Book Puzzler, I’m actually going to be drawing from well known books for middle grade readers. I’ll name the character, you tell me the book they come from. Easy? Let’s find out! Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers.
1. India Opal Buloni
2. Prince Humperdinck
3. Fern Arable
5. Sarah Wheaton
6. Jess Aarons
9. Wanda Petronski
10. Winnie Foster
11. Count Olaf
12. Serafina Pekkala
13. Charlie Bucket
14. Stanley Yelnats
15. Kate Weatherall
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
What in the world could be under this paper?
Is it an elephant? A giant ice cube? Or an amazing one-of-a-kind sculpture by renowned illustrator Leo Lionni?
The Carle Museum has been all abuzz since we heard that this bronze sculpture created by Leo Lionni was to be donated by the Lionni’s family and friends to The Carle. The sculpture, titled Imaginary Garden, was created in 1978 and was previously housed at The Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art in California. The Imaginary Garden captures Lionni’s love for botany, evident in the attention given to flora and fauna in his picture book illustrations, as well as his book of fictional plants from 1977, Parallel Botany. The sculpture is a blending of the organic and the abstract, giving the piece a fantastic, otherworldly appearance.
The sculpture is big (29 1/4” x 77 3/8” x 48 5/8”) and heavy, as you can imagine. After the sculpture was delivered, our team worked to assemble all thirty-seven pieces like a puzzle in our Great Hall. Here are some fun in-progress assembly shots from last week:
To keep the mystery for just a few more days, we’ve wrapped the sculpture in paper and guests are invited to attend a very special unveiling presentation by Eric Carle and Leo Lionni’s granddaughter, Annie, on this Friday night, July 15th, 2011. Tickets are still available for this event online here or by calling 413-658-1126. Tickets are $25 ($15 for members) and include a conversation remembering Leo Lionni between Eric Carle and Annie Lionni at 5 pm in our Auditorium, followed by a champagne toast and the unveiling of Imaginary Garden in our Great Hall. You won’t want to miss this very special night, so we hope to see you all there!
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
His Shoes Were Far Too Tight by Edward Lear, Masterminded by Daniel Pinkwater, Illustrated by Calef Brown (Chronicle Books)
Following a brief introduction of Edward Lear, Pinkwater presents a selection of Lear’s nonsense rhymes to share with young readers. Well known poems such as “The Jumblies” and “The Owl and the Pussycat” are included as well as a number of less familiar rhymes. Brown’s quirky, colorful illustrations sprawl across the pages, adding just the right touch to this oversize collection.
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