“Draw me a star. And the artist drew a star. It was a good star. Draw me a sun, said the star. And the artist drew a sun.”
On and on the artist draws, bringing the world to life picture by beautiful picture until he is spirited across the night sky by a star that shines on all he has made. In Draw Me a Star, Eric Carle celebrates the imagination in all of us with a beguiling story about a young artist who creates a world of light and possibility.
Some parents have expressed concern about this book to a school librarian. Carle’s is known for the unique blend of paint and tissue paper used in this book about a child’s journey as an artist. One of the images the artist in the story creates is that of a man and a woman, who are unclothed. This was the segment of the book that some parents had a problem with. The parent asked if the school art teacher would draw clothing on the images, but as that would deface and ultimately alter the images that Carle created, the request was denied.
Eric Carle’s books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Walter the Baker, Feathers for Lunch, and Little Blue and Little Yellow.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachsuetts, in 2002. Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Museum’s extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country.