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Day 2: A Walk, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and two long but lovely drives.

04.28.2008

We woke up on Friday morning and eventually got our act together. We had a tasty breakfast, went for a walk, and looked at some public art.
Public Art in Noho

The wee-one needed a nap, but D and I could not bare the thought of another minute in our hotel room, so instead we went for a drive.

We drove north to Montague, MA and I showed D The Bookmill, a used bookstore housed in a 19-century gristmill, situated alongside the Sawmill River. The Bookmill also features a cafe and porches making it a perfect place to spend a sun-drenched spring day. Unfortunately for us (or fortunately, as the case may be), the wee-one was getting in some good z’s so we continued on our drive. We hope to make a return trip to visit The Bookmill in the not too distant future.

A Visit to the Eric Carle Museum

The wee-one woke up and we made our way to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. We had a fantastic and inspirational time!

After a cafe lunch of peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, and cider doughnuts, we checked out the exhibition Seeking a State of Grace: The Art of Arnold Lobel. The exhibition features a large sample of the exceptional and varied illustrations Lobel completed in his short lifetime. Lobel’s detailed, meticulous, and somewhat magical work has the power to grab the viewer and whisk them away to another (sometimes dark) world. This awe inspiring exhibition made me want to learn how to do so much more, especially with pen and ink.

We also looked at the permanent collection, and of course we went to the bookstore. We picked up these books:
Books purchased at the Eric Carle Museum

  • The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, by Jack Prelutsky & illustrated by Arnold Lobel
  • Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art
  • Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, by Arnold Lobel
  • Seeking a State of Grace: The Art of Arnold Lobel March 15, 2008 – June 17, 2008 (exhibition catalog)
  • The Booklyn Education Manual: Bringing Bookmaking to Your Students, The Booklyn Artists Alliance
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • My Very First Book of Words by Eric Carle (not pictured)

Although each of these books came home with us because we are in love with them, I wanted to make special note regarding two of the titles in particular.

Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art

This beautiful anthology aimed at children, (but it is wonderful for adults too) features 23 famed illustrators’ personal stories of how they became book illustrators. With each story, there is a full-page self portrait and a fold-out page featuring sketches, photographs, and finished works of art by each artist. All profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. It is available for <a href=”http://www.picturebookart.org/Artist_to_Artist”order online through the museum shop.

The Booklyn Education Manual

This manual is available bound with an envelope of samples of the different book styles at the museum, but is also available for free via download from the Booklyn Artists Alliance website (minus binding and samples). It includes instruction sheets, lesson plans, and resources for basic bookmaking. The types of books/bindings covered in this manual are one-sheet books, accordion books, flag books, stab binding, pamphlet stitch, and coptic stitch. It is a wonderful introduction to bookmaking, and the lesson plans are adaptable for ages 5(ish) – 105(ish).

We took our loot and met up with our friend Baba Reens and embarked on a scenic drive along State Route 9 East to Worcester, MA. We had an excellent two days hanging out, shopping, eating, baking, and crafting with Baba Reens and the egg dance.

More fun to come…

(In case you missed it: Day 1.)

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  1. David Stamm permalink
    04.28.2008 9:32 pm

    It was me who snagged The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight and Ming Lo Moves the Mountain. I’m going to get in bed and start reading them right now!

    The Eric Carle Museum is one of my favorite places on earth, but not nearly so excellent as the home of our gracious hosts. Thanks for a superb weekend!

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