童話創作大師 艾瑞˙卡爾 一個關於保育動物的故事動物保育專家 珍˙古德 一封鼓舞的信訴說動物版的「慢活藝術」國際童話大師艾瑞˙卡爾創作的《好慢、好慢、好慢的樹懶》，描述棲息在亞馬遜雨林的樹懶。這個特別的動物總是不慌不忙、慢條斯理、安安靜靜的，就像個天生的慢活家。樹懶是生活在樹上的哺乳動物，有短短圓圓的頭，長長的四肢上有利爪。牠潛水的耐力超過一般陸生動物，吃、睡、生產、交配都掛在樹上完成，有許多生物寄生在牠身上，也就是說牠維持著某種食物鏈的平衡。書中色彩繽紛的拼貼圖像雖不完全寫實，卻掌握了樹懶的真實樣貌。故事中巧妙安排了與樹懶同住在亞馬遜雨林的其他二十幾種生物出場，讓我們看到多元的生物世界。書中沒有太多資料性的文字解說，而是藉由好奇的觀察角度，一步一步呈現出樹懶的特色，訴諸讀者的直覺感受，以緩慢的敘述節奏使讀者強烈體會到這種特色的趣味和奇妙。繁忙的現代人每天承受著許多時間的壓力，近來興起了一股慢活風，或許，鎮日匆忙的你可以試著向樹懶學習，不急不徐的找回生活中的閒情逸致，踏著輕鬆的步伐，平平安安過生活。本書中文版《好慢、好慢、好慢的樹懶》由上誼出版Slowly, slowly, slowly . . . that's how the sloth lives. He hangs upside-down from the branch of a tree, night and day, in the sun and in the rain, while the other animals of the rain forest rush past him. "Why are you so slow? Why are you so quiet? Why are you so lazy?" the others ask the sloth. And, after a long, long, long time, the sloth finally tells them! Set in the lush world of the tropical rain forest, this original picture book is an exquisite showcase of Eric Carle's colorful collage art-with a meaningful message: Slow down! Take time to enjoy your world.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work,The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since theCaterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department ofThe New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic,The Very Hungry Caterpillar.Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as inThe Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a dau