The art we know first.

Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar

I’ve just added another place to see on my vast and growing list of places to see. A side note – has anyone else noticed how the more you see of the world the more there is to see? I’d always imagined that the world would get smaller and smaller the more places I went to, the more countries I visited and “ticked off”. As it turns out the world gets bigger and bigger the more you see of it. Now there is a list of places to see and places to go back to and places I never knew existed but I really must see. This place falls into the last category.

Eric Carle, of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fame, has founded a museum completely devoted to picture book art. I’ve always loved picture books and am yet to meet someone that doesn’t. My Mum collected them; we always had a stash of especially gorgeous books, mainly pop-up books, saved for when we were at home sick. It made it tempting to be at home sick, let me tell you.

Carle describes picture book art as “the art we know first”, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside for my own childhood and the one I am playing a part in now, my daughter’s. So if you are in Massachusetts and fancy a wander down memory lane or have Littlies that need entertaining, make The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art one of your places to see. And write and tell me all about it.


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