"We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that
whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important."
Eric Carle, Author
Beloved children's author Eric Carle has passed away at 91 years young. His book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," stayed on my children's bookshelves during their entire childhood. The author's storybooks will live on for future generations.
The story, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," teaches children to awaken their senses to the possibility of being open to challenges. Sometimes, we just want things to happen quickly but without patience and understanding, our eyes couldn't see all the beauty or something as simple as a caterpillar when it's hidden inside a cocoon before it turns into a beautiful butterfly.
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar, " published in 1969, was welcomed by parents and delighted kids with its story of the metamorphosis." Source: nbcnews.com (you can find the link under Eric Carle) in the first paragraph of this blog post. This month ActiveRain has presented the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story. Isn't it the truth, we know the world and share our life stories so that others may grow and be inspired or educated? Eric Carle's extraordinary talent as a Children's Author made it possible for children to realistically understand transformation in words, that were easy to understand with beautiful pictures too.
As a parent, I recall the absurdity to the fact that something inside a cocoon could eat itself out and turn into a very beautiful butterfly that flutters around in gardens seeking flowers to land on to stay alive. Eric Carle made it a lot easier for me to teach my children. Years later, I taught reading to children in Head Start and Special Education. I would look up and see their shiny faces and eyes that sparkled when I retold the story about "The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I look back now and think to myself, children who read books and have people to read them educational stories written by some of the greatest Children's Authors of all time, are the luckiest kids alive.
I no longer have the honor of reading stories to my children or the kids I read to in school like I did many years ago, but I still thirst for knowledge and I allow my eyes to touch and see with the help of my trusty camera. This story is not an entry for the Contest, I dropped it into the Group ActiveRain Challenge to challenge AR members to write their stories before the deadline on May 31st, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. The photo in this story was taken the last time I visited Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth. ---Patricia Feager