Posts Tagged ‘Birthday’
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Today is the anniversary of Eric Carle’s bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Hooray!
To celebrate 41 years of a classic book that has reached and delighted so many children all over the world, today we are giving away a very special gift to one lucky reader. The winner of this giveaway will receive a hardcover copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, autographed by Eric Carle and a copy of the new, award-winning DVD about Eric Carle and his work, Eric Carle: Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book.
To enter, leave a comment below before 12:00 pm EST Wednesday, March 21st. We’ll randomly pick one winner from the comments on Wednesday. Good luck!
UPDATE: Submissions for the giveaway are now closed. Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway, Brook Gideon!
What lovely comments! It’s so nice to read how The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle’s books have impacted so many of you and your families. And especially nice to hear how many of you have been able to visit us here at The Eric Carle Museum! Here’s to many more years of bringing the joy of Eric Carle books into your lives! Happy Birthday to you, Very Hungry Caterpillar and Happy Spring!
Monday, June 20th, 2011
This Saturday is Eric Carle’s 82nd birthday! To celebrate, today’s puzzler is all about birthday cake. Yum! Can you name each of the books based on these birthday party scenes? I’ll be back on Friday with the answers.
Friday, June 10th, 2011
What’s better than a June birthday? There are so many talented and creative people born in the month of June, such as Norton Juster, Eric Carle, Charlotte Zolotow and Chris Van Allsburg and *ahem* me, just to name a few. And today marks the birthday of another children’s book great, Maurice Sendak. It’s the perfect time to share with some of our more faraway fans a very special piece of our bookstore here at The Carle.
About two years ago, we were gifted this gorgeous full-size wooden display unit by Justin G. Schiller. It was originally made for the Metreon entertainment center in San Francisco, which at one time housed a Where the Wild Things Are playground, an In The Night Kitchen restaurant and a Sendak-themed gift store. We now use this two-sided case to display Maurice Sendak’s books and toys in our store. It makes quite an impact on customers when they walk in, especially the young kids who recognize the characters from Where the Wild Things Are right away. Sometimes it’s a little frightening (the bookcase is considerably larger than they are!) but most of the time, kids are drawn right to it, proudly pointing out “Max!” or “Wild Thing!” as if they’re introducing their parents to good friends.
Since Sendak’s exhibition was one of our very firsts at The Carle, and his Wild Things have the proud placement on our logo, we often get guests anticipating seeing original Sendak artwork every time they visit. While we’re happy to have galleries full of constantly rotating artwork, it’s also nice to have this piece of consistency in the store. You can always come and see a Wild Thing here.
Thursday, May 19th, 2011
It’s no secret that we LOVE birthday parties. After all, we do sell all the goodies to throw the very best Very Hungry Caterpillar party in our bookstore. In celebration of Lillian’s (one of our fabulous booksellers here at The Carle) birthday today, I want to share with you some of the lovely birthday moments (and yummy treats!) our customers have shared with us from their own parties.
Photo courtesy of Jacquie Graves
Photo courtesy of Jacquie Graves
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ranno
Photo courtesy of Leyna Cleavenger via Facebook
Photo courtesy of Leyna Cleavenger via Facebook
Do you have a caterpillar party moment that you’d like to share? Send us an email at email@example.com and your party could be featured here on ShopTalk!
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Happy Birthday to the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Sunday, March 20th is Very Hungry Caterpillar Day and we feel like celebrating another great year with our favorite Eric Carle character! How better to celebrate 41 years of such a memorable and beloved book than throwing a party!
Today we are giving away a suite of Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed party supplies. These are some of our hottest sellers on our website and for this special day, we’re giving one lucky blog reader a complete set so they can throw their own Caterpillar party! They make the perfect decorations for birthday parties, baby showers or for any kind of party, really.
This giveaway includes 1 package each of:
Paper plates, cups, bowls, party hats, party horns, balloons, cupcake wrappers, big bowls, a tablecloth, invitations, thank you notes, pin badges, stickers, bubbles, favor bags, birthday banner and birthday garland! You can check our website here to see how many of each come in a package (usually about 6-8 per package).
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below before Friday, March 18th at 12:00 EST. After that we’ll close the comments and announce the lucky winner. Good luck and party on!
Comments now closed.
I’m a bit late announcing the winner because we are having such a busy and wonderful birthday weekend here at The Carle, but the winner of the party supply set is….Jana Putos! Congratulations, Jana. We’ll be in touch with you shortly about sending your prizes. Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes and we’ll be back in April for another giveaway!
Friday, March 11th, 2011
Happy Birthday to Ezra Jack Keats! Ezra Jack Keats changed the world of picture books with his 1963 Caldecott-winning book, The Snowy Day. This simple story depicting a boy’s exploring the the perfect snowy day was the one of the first full-color picture books to portray an African American protagonist. By writing and illustrating stories based on the children he saw everyday in his New York City neighborhood, Keats was one of the forerunners to opening the door for other authors and illustrators to show children of different races in picture books. Many of Keats’ other books feature the same characters, Peter from The Snowy Day and his friends. While The Snowy Day is now a standard classic for any child’s collection, on this special (and rainy!) day let’s celebrate Ezra Jack Keat’s birthday with a favorite of mine from 1968: A Letter to Amy (Penguin).
Peter invites all his friends to his birthday party but decides Amy should get a special handwritten invitation. As you may have noticed from my earlier post, I’m a sucker for a handwritten letter. There is just extra special about them and for Peter, Amy is a special friend. As in his other books, Ezra Jack Keats is always pitch perfect at capturing a child’s actions and thoughts. This is not an elaborate letter. He writes matter-of-factly, “WILL YOU PLEASE COME TO MY BIRTHDAY PARTY. PETER.” Peter’s mother has to remind him to include the date and time and he scrawls it quickly on the outside of the envelope. But when he goes to mail the letter, the stormy weather outside blows the letter from his hand and then, to make matters worse, Amy comes down the street and tries to catch the runaway letter! Peter doesn’t want to spoil the surprise so he grabs the letter from her and shoves it in the mailbox before she sees it’s for her. Amy’s feelings are hurt and Peter worries that she might not come to his birthday party.
While the story is simple and direct, it’s the attention and respect that Keats gives to children’s emotions that really makes this book wonderful. Peter knows he wants to send a special invitation to Amy that he didn’t send to the other party guests. As I’m sure you all remember, the social tightrope revolving around birthday parties as a child is difficult to navigate. What if you friends don’t get along with your other friends? Can I really invite a girl to my birthday party? What will the boys say? Peter’s mother points this out from the beginning and so the reader instantly knows the tension and anxiety involved. However, Peter never wavers with his intentions. He boldly sets forth to send the invitation, bit after he beats Amy to the letter without telling her what it was all about, he feels terrible, even though he was just trying to keep a good surprise. “Now she’ll never come to my party, thought Peter. He saw his reflection in the street. It looked all mixed up.” Here Keats uses his mastery of art to reinforce this moment of feeling “all mixed up” with an illustration of Peter’s warped reflection in a puddle. The stormy weather, highlighted by a lightning bolt when the letter is ripped out of Peter’s hands, strengthens the tension for this story.
Peter doesn’t let his others influence or sway him too much. He wants to invite Amy and he invites Amy. He wants to write her a special invitation and he so he does. And at the end when others tell him what he should wish for on his birthday candles, Peter makes his own wish. This wonderful birthday book not only celebrates friendship but also the importance of individuality. On a rainy day, after reading this book with your children or students, why not write your own letters (and maybe even design your own stamps) to mail to some of your special friends.
This wonderful treasury, Keats’s Neighborhood is a great collection of 10 of Ezra Jack Keats’s books, including A Letter to Amy, an introduction by Anita Silvey and words from children’s book illustrators who have been inspired by Ezra Jack Keats, including Jerry Pinkney and Eric Carle.
At The Carle Bookshop we specialize in backlist picture books. Backlist is bookseller talk for the not-so-new picture books that you often can’t find at other bookstores. We carry the fabulous new books too (make sure to read our weekly Top of the Shelf posts for new book recommendations), but we know what makes us unique are the shelves and shelves of picture books you remember from your childhood or books you read to your own children. Each Friday, we’ll highlight one of these special older titles in case you may have missed it or forgotten about it along the way. Let’s keep the picture book alive and loved, shall we?
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
This day in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to us all as Dr. Seuss, was born in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Working in a children’s bookstore, surrounded by friends and old classmates who are also children’s book aficionados, I sometimes forget that the rest of the world doesn’t quite have the same working knowledge of children’s books. What I have found, however, is that if someone only knows one creator of picture books, it’s usually Dr. Seuss. By now, almost 75 years after the publication of his first children’s book, entire generations have been touched and enchanted by Dr. Seuss’ nonsense rhymes and wildly imaginative characters. But where did he get all of his such wonderfully entertaining ideas? I was delighted when I stumbled across this old interview with him in an issue of The Horn Book Magazine from 1989. I think his answers capture his sense of humor and playfulness just right:
How do you get your ideas for books?
This is the most asked question of any successful author. Most authors will not disclose their source for fear that other less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to take a chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.
Excerpt from the Horn Book Magazine, Vol. 65., pp.582-588 © 1989 Glen Edward Sadler.
Although he became a world-renowned bestselling children’s book author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss was not an instant success. Sitting in my History of Publishing class, I remember being shocked when my teacher, Anita Silvey, told us he had been rejected 27 times by 27 different publishers with his first book (And To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street). A pure stroke of luck had a dejected Dr. Seuss walking home only to run into an old friend from Dartmouth College who had recently been made children’s book editor and agreed to publish Seuss’ book. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Anita has the full story today over at her wonderful blog, Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac.
In other shocking Dr. Seuss facts, I recently saw some unorthodox Dr. Seuss taxidermy at the local R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA. Very bizarre and very funny. Check it out!
If you’re in the area, why not celebrate this special day with a trip to Springfield’s Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Gardens.