Simple but Beautiful with Eric Carle.
Today, I would like to introduce a small book by Eric Carle, my favorite children's writer and illustrator. A days ago, I ordered it by Amazon, finally I could see it directly.
It is a very small and hard boarded children book. The title is " The artist who painted a blue horse".
If you read a lot of children's books and are interested in the genre, you probably know who Eric Carle is. Even if you don't know his name, his work will probably make you happy.
He is the author and illustrator of over 70 internationally well known children's books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? His books are full of bold and unique collages, full of color and clever words.
As an artist, he was not limited by the frame, but he enjoyed the challenge of breaking out of the frame and waking up to experience a new world. In fact, he made this attempt through his works. The book The Painter Who Painted the Blue Horse is a work that stands out more than anything else in his philosophy.
The child in the book draws several animals in unconventional colors. The book begins with the child declaring "I am an artist" and ends with the child saying "I am a good artist" after drawing a blue horse that does not exist in the world.
It's an iconic image that's regularly seen as a symbol of expressionism, he says. Carle hopes the blue horse will show young readers that there are no false or mistaken colors in art.
“You can't stay within the lines,” he said.
His main intention is for children not only to enjoy color, but also to present prejudice-breaking surprises. For example, blue horses, green lions, and bell-patterned donkeys do not exist. However, all the animals of unusual shapes and colors in his works are alive.
If you are trying to write a children's book for the first time, you will have many fears. If you look at a children's book with sophisticated illustrations that will overwhelm your gaze, it's scary. You may be thinking that you, too, should be drawing at this level.
If you read a touching children's book that naturally brings up a lot of inspiration and makes you shed tears, you will be worried. You may feel that if you are going to be a children's writer, you will have to write something that touches so many people.
But when you write your first book, you will already realize the reality that you can't make a perfect masterpiece from scratch. And then it's easy to become disappointed, hopeless, or discouraged by comparisons.
Whenever that happens, Eric Carle's children's book helps you know what's truly important. It is the direction and minds that we want to share with our children the important things we want to convey. No matter how complicated and wonderful words fill a page, if there is no warm and in-depth message to be conveyed in it, it is just a magazine that delivers useful information.
Myungja Anna Koh