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One Santa . . . Separated at Birth?

Looking up some images from Eric Carle the other day, I came across this one. Very nice. If you took away the signature hat — put on a fedora instead — it would almost look like any number of dads out doing some winter shopping.

I had this idea: Wouldn’t it be cool to throw together a bunch of different Santas, all drawn by different illustrators, ranging from Jan Brett to James Marshall to Jerry Pinkney to Matthew Cordell, and on and on? You know, look at them, enjoy the differences, let that holiday spirit sink in a little.

But, you know, I don’t have a scanner, it would take too much time, I’m recovering from an ear operation (!), and it’s just not going to happen.

So let this Santa suffice, beautifully painted by Eric Carle.

You know, if you gaze upon that Santa, it looks a lot like Eric Carle himself. The shape of the head. The white beard and benign smile. Perhaps even the posture. Here, let me dig around for a photo:

That’s him, right?! Eric Carle and Santa Claus — separated at birth.

Writers on Writing: Five More Quick Quotes

I still have that list of quotes that I found at the bottom of my t-shirt drawer a couple of weeks back. Here’s five more, perhaps more artfully strung together:

“Often with writing, you begin by writing too much. And out of it suddenly emerges one line that’s exactly right. That one line reveals the essence of the story. It’s a strange process that’s almost impossible to describe. I find that I might write pages of description — I love to write description — and then rereading it I see how I could set the mood in three sentences rather than three pages. So I do a great deal of cutting back.”Charlotte Zolotow.

“I have written a book in as short as an evening and as long as five years.” — Joanne Ryder.

I find that there are a lot of sentences I have in my early drafts that I really don’t need.” — Jean Craighead George.

“My first version states the basic story. I will then try speaking it, hearing it. Then I’ll go on to a second version, a third, a fourth. At each stage, I will test it with my voice. Then I’ll go back to the writing. Finally, the story reaches the point where I can say to it, ‘You are alive.'” — Ashley Bryan.

I was on the train one day, coming into work from suburban New York. I heard, ‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?’ So I wrote it down. Having no tablet with me, I wrote it on the newspaper. Then I wrote, ‘I see a red bird looking at me.’ Then I wrote down yellow duck, blue horse, green frog, purple cat, white dog, etc. Within fifteen minutes, the story was complete.” — Bill Martin Jr.

Illustration by Eric Carle (but you knew that).