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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

Eric Carle
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4 July 2013 Picture Puffins

Eric Carle's wonderful new book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

"I am an artist..." begins Eric Carle's vibrant tribute to the creative life. And just like an imaginative child, this is one artist who paints the world as he sees it- a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox, a black polar bear (!) and a wonderful polka-dotted donkey. Filled with some of the most magnificently colourful animals of Eric Carle's career, this is a book that celebrates imagination and the artist within us all.

Inspired by the work of the great Expressionist painter Franz Marc, a founder of the artists' group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), who famously used abstract blue horses in his paintings. Marc's vibrantly colourful paintings influenced generations of artists, and fired the imaginations of children's book artists far and wide. Examples of Marc's paintings and a short biography are included at the end of the book.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in New York, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States in his early twenties and worked as a graphic designer and an art director before he began creating children's books. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. (Visit carlemuseum.org)


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141348135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141348131
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in New York, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States in his early twenties and worked as a graphic designer and an art director before he began creating children's books. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. (Visit carlemuseum.org)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively simple, yet profoundly effective 11 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
On the surface, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse seems pretty simple and rather plain. For me, it took only a little further exploration and one opportunity to read it to a group of two year olds for this this book to reveal it's brilliance and depth. The illustrations are vintage Carle. The format is large and the colors are bold. The text is very minimal. We start out with a boy introducing himself by saying "I am an artist and I paint...". We are then treated to a variety of animals all in different and totally unexpected colors. We have a blue horse, a red crocodile, a yellow cow, a black polar bear and best of all, a polka dotted donkey. The book concludes back with our young artist stating "I am a good artist".

When I shared this with a group, we started just making all the animal sounds, but it wasn't long before the kids caught on to the fact that these animals weren't the right colors, and that's when smiles broke out all around. When we arrived at the black polar bear, some kids were confused and it gave us a good chance to talk about art and the freedom to make things whatever color you want. By the time we arrived at the polka dotted donkey, I heard chuckles and I hope maybe a few parents went home to encourage their young artists to make their own polka dotted animals.

The very idea of this book celebrates joyous, free expression and I would recommend it for any story time audience of toddlers or young preschoolers. It goes far in giving youngsters permission to think outside of the box, all done in a way that makes perfect sense to them. Try this book out for your story time group and watch their eyes light up with the possibilities. This is also an excellent choice for any young family wishing to encourage creativity and free thinking. I can't think of a better literary first step.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Declaration of Independence for Young Creators 29 Oct 2011
By Chitra
Format:Hardcover
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Having discovered Eric Carle only in my early 30s, as a newly born reader, with access to world class titles, I loved the simplicity of his books. I loved the serious messages that were enveloped in amazing artwork using words that were instantly recognisable and repeatable for young kids.

I don't think I have ever met a child who hasn't read The Hungry Caterpillar or the Mixed-up Chameleon. Reading his famous titles aloud, you see a pattern - a pattern of serious, thoughtful messages made very simple for young readers, perhaps even readers who can only listen.

So when I ordered "The Artist who painted a Blue Horse" - I wasn't sure what to expect. Okay, I expected a blue horse. But what was it about? I tend not to read reviews of picture books before I buy them - because I want to discover the book and their meanings myself.

As an adult, you can read this book standing by the door, when the postman drops it off. In 11 spreads and less than 50 words, Eric Carle has opened up the horizons for every young artist. Without saying anything in so many words, he has shown the children of today and artists of tomorrow that there is nothing right or wrong about art. Art is what you want it to be - an expression of your own inner thoughts, ideas and maybe suggestions to the world. Unconventional art and radical science becomes commonplace as years go by.

If you are reading to a young child, you have the opportunity not to point out the right colours for the animals. Instead, allow them to come up with more ridiculous combinations. The brushes have been unshackled, the palette has been freed from its colour-dips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 16 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought for my 2 year old as they were reading it at nursery. She absolutely loved it.
Lovely bright colourful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse 4 Mar 2014
By Susie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lovely book with colourful drawings which my toddler loves to look at. Great for showing that not everything has to be as we think it should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughters first reading book 11 Feb 2014
By Deezy
Format:Paperback
My almost 5 year old daughter has just realised she could read this book herself! It's the very first book she's read alone. I'm so proud and so pleased it was Eric Carle and such a beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandchildren love it. 10 Nov 2013
By Hisboss
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Eric Carle is a firm favourite in our household - great story - fab illustrations. The grandchildren love it very much.
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