Ernst

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Meet Ernst, the inquisitive little crocodile, and enter a world where fancy is always ready to take flight-and where home is the best place one could ever imagine.

About the Author: Since the publication of Ernst, Elisa Kleven has gathered further acclaim with such titles as The Puddle Pail (another Ernst story), Sun Bread, and teacher-favorite Abuela by Arthur Dorros. She lives in Albany, California, with her husband, two children, and many ...

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Overview

Meet Ernst, the inquisitive little crocodile, and enter a world where fancy is always ready to take flight-and where home is the best place one could ever imagine.

About the Author: Since the publication of Ernst, Elisa Kleven has gathered further acclaim with such titles as The Puddle Pail (another Ernst story), Sun Bread, and teacher-favorite Abuela by Arthur Dorros. She lives in Albany, California, with her husband, two children, and many happy pets, none of which are crocodiles.

A young crocodile with a vivid imagination celebrates a birthday.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this cut-paper collage book that evokes the texture and look of quilted squares, Ernst, a blue crocodile, goes through his day repeatedly asking, "what if" (e.g., "What if sand were fudgy instead of sandy?"), only to discover how much he appreciates the world as it is. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- What child or poet or artist could resist a story that begins ``Once upon a time, in a world full of light, trees, bugs, seashells, birds. . .''? Young Ernst is a crocodile who loves to think ``What if?'' Busy little pictures that sparkle with dots, splotches, and specks exactly reflect his luminous inner world. ``What if the honking school bus could sing?'' he wishes one day. His questions seem never to stop. On Ernst's birthday his loving family makes him so happy that his real world and his imagined one come together. This fills him with such joy and delight that he can think of no better world to inhabit. The small-scaled illustrations in collage paper effectively let readers into Ernst's imagination. They produce the same kind of enchanted satisfaction one gets from peeping into a Venetian glass paperweight with all its small, brilliant flowers. Older preschoolers, particularly imaginative children, and fans of M. B. Goffstein will love this book. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460536
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 633,842
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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