Now Showing - Very Eric Carle

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, September 17
It's time to tumble in the grass, weave a web, find a friend, and become a butterfly! Step into the pages of Eric Carle's colorful picture books. His classic "Very" series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduces five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle's love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination.
Visitors will:
  • Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as they follow his path.
  • Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider.
  • Find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly.
  • Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump.
  • Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket.
  • Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle's "Very" book series.

The Very Quintet

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly off into the future.

The Very Busy Spider is about work. We need to work and finish our tasks despite our many distractions.

The Very Quiet Cricket is about love. Crickets and people alike go in search of a suitable mate.

The Very Lonely Firefly is about belonging. We all want to belong to a group, a family, and our own fellow creatures.

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle is about persistence. Each of us faces some obstacles in life, but we need to try and try again until we overcome the challenges.

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit was co-organized by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Sponsored locally by 

First Tennessee Foundation  

Volkswagen Chattanooga


Tennessee Arts Commission