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Bill Martin Jr., a former elementary school principal, and now a teacher, writer, and poet holds a doctoral degree in early childhood education. His many books-- among them Knots on a Counting Rope, Here Are My Hands, The Ghost-Eye Tree, and the best-selling Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?-- are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children.

Born and raised in Kansas, Bill Martin now makes his home in Texas. He divides his time between writing and leading educational workshops throughout the country.

Eric Carle was born in the United States, but spent his early years in Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied art and design at the Academy of Applied Art.

Eric Carle's many innovative, risk-taking books have earned him a place in the canon of children's literature. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated; he then went on to write and illustrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Quiet Cricket, as well as many other books for children.

Eric Carle works in a studio near his home in western Massachusetts.

Visit Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle at their web sites: and

For information about the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art visit:

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Animal sounds Fiction, Zoo animals Fiction, Stories in rhyme