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Have you met Carl? March 13, 2012  |  By Jane Lavino

Carl is the main character in a series of children’s books written by Lynn Estes Friess, and illustrated by John Potter (whose sense of humor comes across loud and clear.) The action takes place in and around the Museum. Carl learns what an art museum is all about in the first book and solves a mystery in the second book. This smart little guy is becoming a celebrity among the local K- 3rd grade set. Museum staff members are also gaining cachet for their recognizable and frequently funny part in the plots.

I love these books. They give fabulous introduction to our art, and they also advocate for literacy. Carl is a voracious reader with piles of books in his home that he uses to figure things out. What a great role model! Share one of these books with a child and instill a love for reading and art.

The Carl book series is available for purchase at the Museum Shop! Visit the Museum or call  307-733-5771 for more information or to order. Carl: Original Illustrations by John Potter will be on exhibition June 16 – August 12, 2012.

John Potter (United States, b.1957), Original Illustration for “Jackson Hole’s Carl Discovers Wildlife Art”. Watercolor, Pencil and Charcoal on Illustration Board. 20 x 15 inches. Gift of Lynn and Foster Friess, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © John Potter.

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