American-born Eric Carle and his German-born parents moved to Germany in 1935. The transition from life in American to life in Germany was not an easy one for Carle to make. His school days were unpleasant, except for the encouragement he received in his art classes. In 1952, at age 22, Carle returned to the United States. He soon began working for the New York Times and remained there until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, which sent him back to Germany. After his discharge he returned to the U.S., this time with a wife, Dorothy. He illustrated his first book for children, Bill Martin's BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? in 1967. Carle is best known for his "Very" series, which he writes and illustrates. The series began in 1969 with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and apparently concludes with 1995's THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY. In 2003 he was honored by the American Library Association with their Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which recognizes creators of children's books whose body of work represents a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.
From the Publisher
Young readers follow Tim up, down, and through the pages to find his special birthday present in this colorful book.
On the night before Tim's birthday he found a strange envelope under his pillow. He sat up straight in his bed and opened the letter. Inside was a Secret Message!
Travel through this colorful and adventurous journey with Tim as he follows a secret message guiding him to an exciting gift.
Editors Note 3
?On the night before Tim's birthday, he finds a rebus note, a secret message directing him to his gift. Youngsters can read the note with him, then follow him up, down, and through the various-shaped, brightly colored [die-cut] pages to find the puppy at the end. . . . ?A Very-First-Step-To-Learning Book' dealing with directional concepts.' -CE.
Editors Note 4
‘On the night before Tim’s birthday, he finds a rebus note, a secret message directing him to his gift. Youngsters can read the note with him, then follow him up, down, and through the various-shaped, brightly colored [die-cut] pages to find the puppy at the end. . . . ‘A Very-First-Step-To-Learning Book’ dealing with directional concepts.’ —CE.