Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, and moved to Germany at the age of 6, with his German Mother and Father. Eric was educated and studied art in Stuttgart as a young man. He experienced World War II, his home town bombed, his Father taken prisoner by the Russians, but did return home.
His dream was to return to America one day, so he left Germany in 1952 with $40 to his name, and arrived in New York to begin a new life. It is there he began illustrating children’s books, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, and then writing books.
Many of his books portray the search for something in our destiny: the Cricket searches for his voice, finding it when he finds a lady cricket; The Lonely Firefly searches for community of other fireflies; The Grouchy Ladybug tries to fight other insects and animals, until a whale slaps her back home and gives her an attitude change; The Hungry Caterpillar searches for food, until he changes into a butterfly.
These stories are part of our Kinderballet program performed in May and June, 2015. Please come enjoy our ballet at one of our many venues.
WE have chosen the composer, Carle Reinecke, for many of the stories, a German composer popular in the early 1900’s, to showcase the Eric Carle characters.
Just as these animals are reaching for their goal in our Eric Carle parade, we continue to use these programs to teach our students, train them in technique and expression, and to inspire the audience to join our School of Ballet, and yes, to go read some more books!