GREENSBORO, N.C. – (November 23, 2009) – Carson-Dellosa Publishing LLC, a leading provider of premium quality standards-based learning resource solutions, is launching www.carsondellosa.com/ericcarle, a dedicated The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ teacher resource website offering a variety of free ideas, teaching tips, tools, and printable classroom materials that feature author Eric Carle’s award-winning, bestselling book.
 
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar™, and the launch of the new teacher resource website, Carson-Dellosa has partnered with Chorion, the licensing representative for The World of Eric Carle brand, to offer a sweepstakes that awards teachers and classrooms exciting The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ prizes and the opportunity to submit a question that will be answered in an exclusive online Q&A with the famed author and artist.
 
The 40th Anniversary online Sweepstakes offers teachers the chance to win a grand prize consisting of a giant autographed hardcopy edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ book, a costumed appearance by The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ at the winning teacher’s school, and a special Eric Carle prize pack. Dozens of first and second prize winners will also receive exciting merchandise from The World of Eric Carle, and every winner gets Carson-Dellosa’s new The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Bulletin Board Set which features the very same illustrations that have endeared young readers for decades.
 
The Interviews webpage offers teachers the opportunity to submit a question that will be answered in an exclusive online Q&A with the famed author and artist. Eric Carle will answer a select number of questions each week through the month of January.
 
Designed to enrich The Very Hungry Caterpillarä experience in the classroom, the new website offers a menu of teacher resources including: lesson plans, craft ideas, bulletin board display ideas, a teachers’ gallery, and interactive interviews with the renowned author.
 
The Lesson Plans webpage offers a variety of content for classrooms in language arts, math, science, character education, and social studies. Teachers can download reproducible worksheets for handwriting practice; student incentives including bookmarks, certificates and badge patterns; and the always popular coloring sheets that let students color the stages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.
 
The social studies lesson plan covers the study of geography through monarch butterfly migration patterns and includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Visits the US and the World, a printable project designed for travel to classrooms throughout the US and the world.
 
Students can send the Caterpillar along with photos and a questionnaire to classrooms around the world. After its visit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ will return to the sender’s classroom with photos and other interesting facts about what itexperienced during its visit including local climate, what types of butterflies exist in that area, and the distance travelled.
 
The Craft Ideas webpage brings students into the Eric Carle studio with a step-by-step photographic tutorial on how to prepare painted tissue papers and create collages just like Carle’s world famous designs. The webpage also includes classroom craft activities that encourage children to express their creativity as they respond to the story.
 
The Bulletin Board Display Ideas webpage guides teachers in preparing creative interactive teaching and learning displays designed to help children learn colors and numbers, sequencing, counting and patterning, and the life cycle of a butterfly. Teachers can submit their own ideas to the Gallery page to inspire others and see what other teachers are doing.
 
Carson-Dellosa’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Bulletin Board Set is now available at www.carsondellosa.com, a convenient one stop website for ideas and educational resources, and at teacher supply stores throughout North America.
 
About Eric Carle
 
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 45 languages and sold over 30 million copies. Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 90 million copies of his books have sold around the world.
 
About Chorion
 
Chorion is a leading provider of quality family entertainment for the global marketplace. Chorion brings a combination of brand management savvy and creative vision to the development of literary copyrights across all media. Chorion’s portfolio includes classic children’s brands such as Mr. Men and Little Miss, Beatrix Potter, Paddington, Noddy, OLIVIA, and The World of Eric Carle as well as art and lifestyle brands. Chorion also owns and manages the literary works of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon, among others.
 
Chorion’s animated television productions include OLIVIA, The Mr. Men Show, Famous Five: On the Case and Noddy and Noddy in Toyland. The Mr. Men Show Season 2 debuts internationally Autumn 2009. New productions for 2010 include The Octonauts and Gaspard and Lisa.
 
Chorion has offices in London, New York and Sydney. For more information, please visit www.chorion.co.uk.
 
About Carson-Dellosa Publishing LLC
 
Carson-Dellosa Publishing LLC, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a leading innovative educational solutions provider for both educators and parents – creating high quality curriculum, supplemental learning materials and classroom resources that enhance a child’s learning potential and environment.
 
The Company publishes a number of the industry’s best-known brands including Summer Bridge, Mark Twain, Key Education, and HighReach Learning. As a result of the recent acquisition of the assets of School Specialty Publishing, Carson-Dellosa Publishing LLC also publishes such top industry brands as Frank Schaeffer, Spectrum, Judy Instructo, American Education Publishing, and Brighter Child.
 
For more information about Carson-Dellosa LLC, please visit www.carsondellosa.com.

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