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Eric Carle's My Apron, A Children's Book Review

Updated on October 19, 2014
My Apron by Eric Carle
My Apron by Eric Carle | Source

My Apron, A Story From My Childhood

My Apron is a simple picture book recommended for children four to eight years old but enjoyed by children much younger than that. It is about a young boy, his uncle and his work of plastering. In a very simple text and a style slightly different than the usual Eric Carle style, an eight-year old boy is thrilled to help his Uncle plaster a chimney and, eventually, to receive his own apron for the job.

This page offers you a brief discussion of Eric Carle's book (a true story), some links to more reviews and a great children's apron so that your child can feel the same sense of pride that the young boy in this story does when he is helping you in the kitchen or with a craft or building project.

Click here to order your copy of My Apron from Amazon.

Children will understand how Eric enjoys being able to help an adult and learn that an apron is a useful item rather than a identifier of gender.

"Inspired in part by French Cubist Fernand Lger's paintings of labourers, the illustrations are vigorous and fresh, a visual paean to honest hard work."

~~ Publisher's Weekly

Amazon Customer Reviews

I always recommend using the Amazon customer reviews to learn more about an item. In this case, I enjoyed reading user reviews of this book. One anonymous customer says that her 2 year old son loves this book. Jennifer Juday explained a bit more when she said that her son picked up on the uncle's comment that the boy is a good helper. Children love to hear that they are good helpers and helping in the adult world is an important part of this story. - Jennifer Juday, Working Mom & Cook

Who Is Eric Carle?

Eric Carle was born on June 25, 1929.

Eric Carle is a world renown children's book author and illustrator most famous, perhaps, for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is available in more than 47 languages. It was published in 1969 and, since then, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books and sold more than 88 million copies of his books. Visit Amazon to see all of Eric Carle's books by clicking right here.

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Eric Carle's Comments About My Apron

"My Apron" is a true story that happened when I was 8 years old. I had a couple of days off from school and visited my aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Adam. They had no children of their own and were happy to have me around. My aunt was as gentle and talkative as my uncle was gruff and tight-lipped. But when he did speak, his booming voice could be heard for miles! Yet underneath his roughness was a kind man. I had visited my relatives often before, but this was the first time that I noticed my uncle's apron. And right away I took a fancy to this big white apron with a pocket. I still remember how proud I was of my very own apron and how important I felt to help my uncle with his work." - Sincerely, Eric Carle

A Child's Apron Customized With YOUR Child's Name

Your child can have his or her very own apron just like the child in Eric Carle's book! Available in three colors with your own child's name added. Your little helper will be proud as can be when he wears this apron! A wonderful gift idea alone; an amazing gift package when combined with a copy of this book!

Click here to customize and order your child's very own apron from Zazzle!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

My children have grown out of Eric Carle's books but they will never forget them (nor will I) and I would love to visit Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art one day. Their mission is to help people understand and appreciate picture books. and to help in the development of literacy. To learn more about the museum, you can simply click on the following picture.


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Why do you think children like aprons?

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    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      My son loooooves to be a "helper." I'll look for this book at the library. It seems different that other Eric Carle books and is one that I would not have been interested in otherwise. I predict that my son will get his own apron soon. Thanks for the overview.p.s. I would like to go to the Eric Carle museum too.

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      7 years ago

      Oh this book sounds delightful! and the apron, too!

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      Lensrolled to Cute Kids' Aprons!

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      8 years ago

      why didn't i think of that? I made my kids some aprons for Christmas and was thinking "there's got to be a better way than having to tie them up all the time..." and there is! childrens aprons

    • kerbev profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love ANYTHING Eric Carle does.

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      I loved this book!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think part of the appeal would be to be dressed like the special grown-up in their life. What a neat story and a great gift idea with the book and apron as a set.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      My Apron looks like a book my boys would have liked. They are all grown up now!


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