From Head to Toe: Big Book

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Are you ready?
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Move yourself
From Head to Toe

I can do it! That's what kids will say when they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the pages of this book. Laughter and squeals of delight will abound as boys and girls (and their elders, too!) participate in the action.

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Overview

Are you ready?
Here we go!
Move yourself
From Head to Toe

I can do it! That's what kids will say when they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the pages of this book. Laughter and squeals of delight will abound as boys and girls (and their elders, too!) participate in the action.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061119729
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Edition description: Oversized Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 143,059
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 13.50 (w) x 18.25 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.


Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.


Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

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 Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    One of our favorites!

    My three year old daughter loved this book from the first time! We were in the bookstore and I picked out a few books to read to her so she could choose a couple. She was immediately engaged and started acting out the movements and saying, "I can do it!" I love Eric Carle books, they are so fun to read, educational, and the pictures are colorful. You can't go wrong in adding this to your home collection. Just one small caveat, this is not a very good bedtime book as it will have your child stomping on top of their bed! A lot of fun to read, but it will rile them up, not calm them down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    Ever since we came across "Brown Bear" we've become hu

    Ever since we came across "Brown Bear" we've become huge fans of Eric Carle's wonderful and deceptively simple illustrated children's books. Now we are well on our way to owning all of his works, and would certainly recommend these educational and quirky books to all parents. However, it's also clear that none of his other books have lived up to the charm of "Brown Bear." This is certainly true of "From Head to Toe." There is no attempt at rhyming in here whatsoever, and reading can feel a bit drab and repetitive as a consequence. Nonetheless, this is still a pretty good children's board book in its own right. 




    The book is ideally suited for older toddlers (three or four year olds would be my best estimate), but younger and older kids will certainly enjoy it as well. Through a series of parallel and complementary pictures and actions by humans and their animal friends children can easily learn about parts of the body. It's a very carefree and fun educational book, and it has a lot going for it. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Great book

    Such a great book. My son loves it. We act out almost every animal in it.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    A great book for any kid!

    This is another Eric Carle classic! Amazing illustrations! I use this book with my own children and students to get them moving...its a great, active book.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great interaction

    This book really gets our little 19 month old moving and imitating the animals. He likes to copy and have fun with it!

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    A classic collection

    Eric Carle has a way of making reading fun for all ages. We have a collection of Eric Carle's books. Some of them are very loved! I make it a point to purchase Mr. Carle's board books for my young readers in my live.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Active fun with your toddler

    My 18-month-old granddaughter loves to "read" this book - we have fun doing all the animal movements. She especially loves the gorilla page where we beat our chests!

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    A true gem!

    This book is exceptional! My two year old daughter loves it above any other because she loves acting out the actions described. The book is truly fun and tremendously helpful for learning animals, body parts and movements. It also helps them learn to speak. My daughter and I act out the movements and chant what we're doing like, "turn, turn, turn". She's a late bloomer when it comes to tlaking but she loves the chanting which is helping her speak more. I don't know any other book that engages the reader this much. It is a very simple book yet so helpful in so many ways. I'd love to see more like it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Great book

    I'm a babysitter and I know that this is a good book and I buy a book for the baby who will soon have and I like this book.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Interactive and Fun!

    I love the illustrations, Eric Carle is awesome. My 3 year old loves to look at the pictures and mimic the gestures. It is a must have for your library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    Great Interactive Book for my 1 year old.

    After reading this book to my son several times, we took him to the zoo and pointed out the animals in the book. He did his imitations and the next time we read it to him, he was even more interested. This is our favorite for fun time reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    A funny but healthy book

    After reading this to my son, he began walking around like a gorilla and still hasn't stopped and he also exercises quite often following what this book tells to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    You CAN Do It!

    An active invitation for your kids to get up and move around! My preschoolers are loving it. As always, Eric Carle's collages are wonderful, for reader and the ones being read to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    From Head to Toe

    Another masterpiece by Eric Carle. I immensely enjoyed reading this book. Eric Carle is one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Good for most

    This is a fun book, like all of Eric Carle's books, but my 2 y/o daughter already imitates animals and 'knew better' than many of the easy things this wanted her to do. Also, we read books before naps and bedtime and it's not practical to tell her to jump around and such, so it wasn't very good for us. But many kids would like it to learn animals, get to imitate, and it does have great art as always. For most children it would be a fun, interactive book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    Loved the Book

    Dear Mr. Carle, I read five of you books tonight and I loved them. The pictures are very nice and I like the bright colors. Sydney Topper (age 5 1/2).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    It's fun

    My children LOVE this book. It's fun to clap like a seal, kick like a donkey, bend your neck like a giraffe. We have 'done' this book everyday for about 4 months and they still love it. (2 & up)

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