Eric Carle’s first break through, which truly began his career, struck when Bill Martin Jr. a renowned author and educator asked him to illustrate a story. The book “Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?” came out as best seller and Carle was soon writing and illustrating his own stories. His first book was “1,2,3, to the zoo”.
Eric Carle's picture books are not ordinary, and his artwork is instantly recognizable. His images are created using a collage technique. He hand paints paper that he then cuts and layers to form pictures. In some of his books, Eric Carle even goes a step further and adds die-cut pages, illumination and sometimes even sound to the stories.
It is obvious children and adults love Eric Carle's books. His stories come from an extensive understanding of not only youngsters, but the world in which they live. His books offer young children a chance to learn something about nature, drawing on their intellect, inquisitiveness and curiosity. In his writing, Carle attempts to address children’s feelings, thoughts and emotions, as well as inspire their intellectual growth. One of the reasons of his success, apart from his innovative and unique art work, is that his readers tend to relate their life and experiences with his stories.
Most frequent question that kids ask Eric Carle is, "Where do ideas come from?" "Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower“ he answers. “…but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." For Eric Carle ideas don't come from one place. They come from all the experiences in his life, all the thoughts in his mind, and all the feelings in his heart.