Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse


Carle, Eric. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. New York: Philomel, 2011.

Genre: Autobiography

Reading Level: AD550L

Summary: The author, Eric Carle, states that he is a painter and the book progresses through images of colored animals, like a green lion and a purple fox, which he paints. It ends with him saying that he is a good artist. He showcases his creativity and imagination while sharing his life as an artist in a pure and simple form.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Students will write and illustrate what they are good at and elaborate on it with illustrations. They will then present to the class.

Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6 Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Informational Texts and tagged , , , , .

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