There is always something new at the Carle.
I say this all the time, because it’s true. Every visit there is ‘something’ that floors me – sets me off like a sparkler.
Marc Brown, author of the beloved “Arthur” books was a guest speaker – the first since Covid. These were the books my children grew up with. I still read them to children in my class. Little did I know there would be far more at the museum that day. It always happens that way. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Meeting an author who writes books that I know and love is a tonic for me. Big time.
Earlier, Marc Brown read aloud to the audience “Arthur’s Halloween”, certainly one of his most popular Arthur books.
I had my assistant teacher’s son’s treasured Arthur book with me, the same one. Jack is now 22, and he still considers this book his prized possession. I had the pleasure of telling that story to Marc when I got the book signed. Stories are everything.
Most of the characters in the Arthur books come from Marc’s childhood – his third grade class. He showed the audience the class photo, and we could see every character. It was crystal clear, and great fun to put a real face to Arthur’s friends.
He went to Russia with Laura Bush, promoting her literacy foundation. When Arthur became a TV show on PBS, guess who was instrumental in helping out? Fred Rogers! Of course the TV show ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ set the standard. The two became close friends. That made my day!
Then, I was off to explore.
The current exhibit at the museum is Color | Joy | Eric Carle. I thought I had already seen most of his wonderful art. Wrong! The exhibit is, well, thrilling. It includes his art that has never been displayed before. I couldn’t stop looking.
There is art that inspires me to do the same with my class.
There is a remarkable work of art that brings “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” into another realm, blooming with joy.
The bookstore at the museum is THE best bookstore. Yes, I am picky. After reading aloud to children for over thirty decades, I know the best books. I always find a new and wonderful book at the museum, one that is often not found at the regular bookstores.
Thank you to the Eric Carle Museum for always inspiring me.