The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Character Art by Eric Carle

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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse By Eric Carle Book Cover
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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Eric Carle

TIP: Have children create their own painted papers and make animals inspired by Eric Carle’s book.

Students will follow along with Eric Carle to use their imaginations. Have you ever seen a polka-dotted donkey?

Prompting Questions:

  • What kind of lines do you see in this picture?
  • What choices did the artist make in this book?
  • What other imaginary animals can you think of?

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