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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

March 27, 2004

Eric Carle Book Signing

February 13, 2004 - Austin, TX - Author Eric Carle will sign copies of his newest children's book, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle, on Saturday, March 27, 2004, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. After the book signing, visitors can join Lucas Miller at 1 p.m. for a special performance.

The book signing will take place in the Visitors Gallery. Admission is free to the Center for the event. Books are available for $15.95 per copy. This is Carle's only visit to Texas in 2004. In addition to books purchased at the Center, Carle will sign one book brought from home.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? combines vibrantly colorful tissue paper and acrylic illustrations with rhythmic text to produce a beautiful book, told from the point of view of endangered species. Each page of the book features animals being asked, "What do you see?" As the page is turned, a new animal is revealed and the same question is asked.

The book is Carle's latest in a long line of children's books and the third in the What Do You See? series, a collaboration with author Bill Martin Jr.

About Eric Carle
The themes of Carle's stories are drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature. Furthermore, Carle aims at educating and entertaining his audience, while providing stimulation for children to grow both intellectually and creatively.

Some of Eric's other books include, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, and Hello, Red Fox. He has won several awards for his books including the Silver Medal from the City of Milano, Italy in 1989 and the Laura Ingalls Wilders Award from the American Library Association in 2003. Eric is married with two grown children. He and his wife live in Northampton, Massachusetts.

About Lucas Miller
Lucas Miller, the "singing zoologist," is a children's author and award-winning recording artist. From his home base in Austin, Lucas tours throughout Texas teaching about the importance of animals with a unique blend of upbeat songs, delightful puppetry, and outlandish humor.

Driving Directions to the Wildflower Center
The Wildflower Center is located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue - drive south on Loop 1 (MoPac), take the first left past Slaughter Lane; the Center is two blocks down on the right. $link(nd=directions,Click here) for more details.

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