by Eric Carle
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: March 17, 2001
picture book is a true story based on Eric Carle's childhood.
When he was 8 years old, he had visited his aunt and uncle for
a few days. His uncle was a plasterer and always wore a white
apron with a big pocket on the front. He invited Eric to help
him, therefore a big white apron was made for him, too. He remembers
feeling so good wearing it because he was such a good helper.
what other occupations are out there where a big white apron may
be worn. But more importantly, focus on why wearing this apron
made him feel so important. Cut out of white butcher paper an
apron for each student. Have your students write, "I am a
good helper when I __________." Go even further with this
project by having your students illustrate their apron by following
the directions for Eric Carle Art.