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Fold, Write, Draw

Ryan Murray from Guest Services at The Carle has been noticing guests create in the galleries this summer and wrote a blog post to share with us. Read more to see what has been happening in the galleries!

A book goes through many stages before it is published. As Eric Carle thinks through an idea for a book, he works on a rough draft - or “dummy book” - using sheets of paper and simple drawing tools.

Eric Carle, Dummy book page for The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (Philomel Books, 1999). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © Eric Carle.

This summer at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, guests of all ages have an opportunity to create their own  the exhibit Eric Carle Makes A Book, we set up a table where guests folded simple sheets of paper many different ways and used colored pencils to create their own stories, as part of an ongoing effort to make our galleries more interactive and inclusive.

Some used the mix-and-match writing prompts that were set up, while others drew from their own imagination and experiences. The result was a very diverse and colorful pile of accordion-shaped stories, proving that books can take any form or shape!

The simplicity of the project also allowed for some interesting questions: In what order should the story be read – left to right? Or up to down? If I want to tell a story in a certain number of parts, how many times should the paper be folded? 

Eric Carle, Alternate illustration for “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth (Philomel Books, 2002). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © Eric Carle.

The simplicity of the project reflects how Eric Carle’s bookmaking process begins. In the galleries you could see how his pencil drawings evolved into the tissue-paper characters we know and love.

Eric Carle, Study for 10 Little Rubber Ducks (HarperCollins, 2005). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © Eric Carle.

All it takes is a pencil and a paper, making this an activity that can be recreated anywhere at any time!