AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Eric Carle
PUBLISHED BY: Paperstar (by Putnam), 1998
Ah! I wish I had remembered to bring in my copy of this lovely book to show you all the images. Because, really, the images are all you need to knock your socks off. This is, perhaps, my very favorite of Eric Carle's picture books. It is a simple story, that manages to also be a lovely meditation on inspiration, hard work, creativity, and the generosity of artistry.
Eve Larkin in the original School Library Journal review sums it up nicely:
A young boy is told (readers are not sure by whom) to “Draw me a star.” The star then requests that the boy draw it a sun; the sun asks for a “lovely tree,” and throughout his life the boy/man/artist continues to create images that fill the world with beauty.
(Sorry for the late posting. 40 minutes waiting for the bus. Argh!)