Eric Carle's Animals Animals

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A dynamic collection from the internationally-acclaimed author and illustrator of <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i><P>From leaping, flying fish to dancing butterflies, and camels that "trollop along," Eric Carle's brilliant and colorful collage designs bring to life animal poems from such diverse sources as Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky, as well as Bible verses, Japanese haiku, American Indian poems and more. This celebration of the wonder and ...
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Overview

A dynamic collection from the internationally-acclaimed author and illustrator of <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i><P>From leaping, flying fish to dancing butterflies, and camels that "trollop along," Eric Carle's brilliant and colorful collage designs bring to life animal poems from such diverse sources as Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky, as well as Bible verses, Japanese haiku, American Indian poems and more. This celebration of the wonder and variety of earth's animals is "joyous...a book to be shared" (<i>Booklist</i>, starred review).<P>* An ALA Notable Book<br>* A Child Study Children's Book Committee Children's Book of the Year<br>* An IRA Teachers' Choice Book<br>* An NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children<br>* A <i>Booklist</i> Editors' Choice Book<br>* A <i>School Library Journal</i> Best Book of the Year<br>* A <i>Redbook</i> Top Ten Picture Book<P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations <br>* 96 pages <br>* All ages

An illustrated collection of poems by a variety of authors describing the peculiarities of pets and wild and domestic animals.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Exuberantly illustrated by Carle ( The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), this collection of animal poems contains many pleasant surprises. Benjamin Franklin observes, ``What is a butterfly? At best / He's but a caterpillar dressed,'' and Clarence Day reports, ``The ant is knowing and wise; but / he doesn't know enough to take a vacation.'' ``A discovery!'' announces Yaku in a haiku. ``On my frog's smooth green belly /there sits no button.'' Meanwhile, Carle's brilliant patchwork of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and insects parades up and down tree trunks, alongside cityscapes and--most memorably--is enfolded in the billowing currents of oceans. Seeing and evoking all with a childlike, primitive verve, the illustrator depicts his menagerie at full tilt, with sensuous succulence. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Lions, bugs, pelicans, squirrels, roosters, and other exuberant animals fly, swim, and romp through the pages of this spectacular book. Eric Carle's stunning illustrations accompany more than fifty animal poems written by famous authors such as Ogden Nash, Carl Sandburg, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Rudyard Kipling, and Jack Prelutsky.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698118553
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 125,884
  • Age range: 3 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.08 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle
Eric Carle
Children learn about the natural world in Eric Carle's original, charming books, which include classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Carle's vivid tissue-paper illustrations and innovations in book design have made him an author whose longevity and continued popularity are testaments to his beloved status among young readers and parents.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    We picked this book up from our local library. When I picked thi

    We picked this book up from our local library.
    When I picked this book up I thought it would be a great read for K and myself.
     But it didn't seem to hold K's interest within the book being as it is poems. He likes an actually story.  
    For him I guess the poems and rhyming didn't really keep him wanting to read more.
     I do love this author's work but this book just didn't keep us wanting to read.
    For those that like poems by different authors then I say give this book a go you may like it, but it was not something for us. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Carle's best

    I think I must be the only parent in America who doesn't like Eric Carle's work, in general. I like his drawings, but not the stories. This work is the perfect solution, for the text is short poems from world literature. The result is a book that will last a long time, for my 21 month-old son loves the pictures now as he's leaning the names and sounds of these animals, and the poetry will keep it engaging for years to come.

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