The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

artist who painted a blue horse cover image The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

by Eric Carle
Philomel; First Edition
Hardcover - 32 pages

Not only blue horses, but orange elephants, black polar bears and a polka-dotted donkey in the inimitable Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?; A Very Busy Spider; et al) style of vivid splashes of color.  Those who love Carle will not be disappointed.  Those who don’t know him (if that’s possible) will be hooked.  The book is another paean to exuberant free expression as well as an opening to the world of art in an intellectual dimension appropriate to the child’s mind.  It pays tribute in a closing note to German expressionist Franz Marc whose Blue Horse from 1911 was his signature piece.  “I am an artist and I paint…”, says a boy in the opening lines of the book.  “I am a good artist”, he concludes at the book’s close.  So is Carle!