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There are many great things about living in New York City the energy, the food, the convenience, unique events for families. The other day Baby H. and I got to partake in one of these unique family events! The Barnes & Noble in Union Square was hosting a meet the author night for Eric Carle. If you don’t know who Eric Carle is you probably have read or own one of his children books without knowing it. He is most famous for The Verry Hungry Caterpillar and the illustrator of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

Carle talked about how The Hungry Caterpillar was created, One day he was punching holes with a hole puncher into a stack of paper, and thought of a bookworm and so he created a story about a week in this worms life. Then his editor suggested a caterpillar that turns into a Butterfly and Waa Laa the book was created! His art work is based on a collage technique, using hand-painted paper that is cut and layered to create colorful images and animals.

This meet the author tour was to promote Carle’s first new book in four years called The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. The book is inspired by Expressionist painter Franz Marc, who used blue horses in his paintings. The story is about an artist who paints the world as he sees it pink rabbits, orange elephants, and a polka-dotted donkey. Even though Baby H. is too young to remember this event he will have the signed books for the rest of his life!