Thursday, February 13, 2014

March 1st - Day One of SOL

     "Did you hear? The Smithsonian is honoring Eric Carle Wednesday night!" my friend blurted into the phone.
     "When? Where? I'll meet you there!" I replied excitedly.
      As a teacher, stacks of Eric Carle books can be found in my classroom and I love sharing his bright and beautiful picture books during read-aloud time. When I heard he would be just a Metro stop away receiving an award and speaking, I just had to attend this free event sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.
     Days later, I got off the Metro at Federal Triangle and began the three block walk to the Natural History Building. As I walked, I suddenly noticed that a white-haired man was walking in front of me, flanked by two women seemingly in their twenties. I sped up to walk beside this trio and glanced over to see if this man was indeed Eric Carle. To my amazement, it was!
    Not wanting to intrude but also not wanting to miss this opportunity to be standing two feet away from my favorite children's book author, I spoke.
    "Congratulations, Mr. Carle! I am excited for you to be recieving the award tonight! I've come to watch and hear your speech. I'm a teacher and I can't imagine teaching without your books."
    The one woman guiding him to the museum seemed startled. "How did you know this was Eric Carle?" she asked.
     "How did I know? Come on," I chuckled. "He's Eric Carle. ALL teachers know his kind grandfatherly face.!"

I recommend visiting his Official Web Site and reading his blog!


  1. Good luck, Sally! I'll be following your progress! Michele M

    This is your unique URL.
    This is not going to a current post though.

  3. I have some "helps" on this page for getting your URL posted -

  4. Welcome...and what a great post! Of course we would know...he's like a member of our family!

  5. Welcome to our writing community!

    I would LOVE to meet Eric Carle. If only I still lived in DC, it could've happened for me too!

  6. Welcome to the Slice! How fun that you got to meet Eric Carle while walking to his acceptance of an award. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Jackie

  7. That is amazing! What an experience to be steps from him.

  8. Thanks for your lovely small moment meeting up with a favorite author. I especially enjoyed your link to his blog where I watched the video for his new book, Friends.
    I HAVE to have that book!
    Happy Slicing!