The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Hosts a Rare Opportunity to View the Illustrations of Charlotte’s Web

Some Book!  Some Art!:
Selected Drawings by Garth Williams
for Charlotte’s Web on View at the
Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to offer the rare opportunity for guests to see selections from the 20th-century classic, Charlotte’s Web, written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. Some Book! Some Art!: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web, on exhibit from December 11, 2012 until April 22, 2013, will celebrate Williams’s 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the book.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art hosts their newest exhibit, Some Book! Some Art! – a rare opportunity to view a selection of original illustrations by Garth Williams from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web!

While many of us picture the beloved classic tale’s characters the way they look in the 1973 animated film adaptation of the story (or, for the youngest amongst us, the way that they look in the live action version from 2006), the characters were originally given life in a series of illustrations created by Garth Williams before the book’s publishing in 1952.

The original copies of the illustrations were kept in a collection together until 2010, when they were put up for auction – dispersing the works amongst numerous private collections.  The Carle acquired one of the pieces, and has borrowed a selection of 19 other original illustrations, along with a collection of preliminary sketches, in order to piece together the exhibit.

Along with the illustrations are images from the animated and live action film versions of Charlotte’s Web, allowing families a chance to compare depictions of various characters between the multiple versions of the story.

The book, appropriate for most elementary students (though it fits a 4th grade reading level), can serve as a perfect family read-aloud.  Visiting the exhibit after reading Charlotte’s Web provides families with a chance to examine the function of illustrations, and can help students learn to look critically at the visuals provided within a story.  The show opens on Tuesday, December 11 and will be open through April 22, 2013.  For more information contact The Carle at 413-658-1100 or visit the museum’s website, www.carlemuseum.org.  The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst, MA.

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