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Make an Eric Carle-style illustration with your child.

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Cover image for Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (ENGLISH / JAPANESE)
Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (ENGLISH / JAPANESE)
by Eric Carle, Kazuo Iwamura Illustrated by Eric Carle, Kazuo Iwamura
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What you need: 

  • tissue paper (various colors) 
  • scissors 
  • glue 
  • white construction paper 
  • pencil 
  • Where Are You Going? (optional) 

Reading tips:

  1. In Where Are You Going? a dog, a cat, a rooster, a goat, a rabbit, and a child join together on a journey to see their friends. The first half of the book was created by Eric Carle, and the back half tells the same story in Japanese, with illustrations by artist Kazuo Iwamura. 
  2. As you read the book with your child, discuss the concept of friendship. How do people make friends? Who are your child's friends? What does it mean to be a good friend?
  3. Your child may also enjoy comparing and contrasting the illustrations in the two tellings of the story. For instance, both stories have a dog, but the drawings of them look very different. 

To extend the reading:

  1. Use tissue paper to create an effect similar to Eric Carle's illustrations. 
  2. Help your child sketch out a picture on construction paper. Based on the sketch, cut shapes out of tissue paper to make your picture. 
  3. Glue the tissue paper on top of the construction paper to finish the picture.

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