From Head to Toe

From Head to Toe

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by Eric Carle

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What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot. Can you? From the creator of such beloved classics as The Grouchy Ladybug and The Mixed-Up Chameleon comes this interactive story that invites kids to imitate animal movements. Watching giraffes bend their necks or monkeys wave their arms is fun, but nothing could be better than joining in. From their

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What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot. Can you? From the creator of such beloved classics as The Grouchy Ladybug and The Mixed-Up Chameleon comes this interactive story that invites kids to imitate animal movements. Watching giraffes bend their necks or monkeys wave their arms is fun, but nothing could be better than joining in. From their heads down to their toes, kids will be wriggling, jiggling, and giggling as they try to keep up with these animals!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dori Butler
I can do it! These words appear on every double-page spread of Eric Carle's latest work. Like Carle's many other books, this simple text is enhanced by colorful collage illustrations. Each page features a new animal and readers are asked to copy its movement. Raise your shoulders like a buffalo. Or wave your arms like a monkey. Basic body parts are presented from head to toe. This delightful book is a good tool for developing listening skills in young children. It s also a good confidence building book for beginning readers to read to themselves.
School Library Journal
PreSAnimals and multiethnic children illustrate various body movements on large, double-page spreads. A giraffe bends its neck, a monkey waves its arms, etc. The repetitive text has the animal stating the movement and asking, "Can you do it?" Each child responds, "I can do it!" Carle's vivid cut-paper collages are striking and invite sharing individually or with a group. There is no storyrather the book is an invitation to get everyone moving. A nice addition to a toddler storytime, but it may get lost as it's cataloged in 613.7.Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Carle (Little Cloud, 1996, etc.) takes as his premise that animals don't have to go to the gym—their natural movements give them plenty of exercise. "I am a giraffe and I bend my neck. Can you do it?" asks the animal of the child. "I can do it!" is the invariable reply. If readers participate in the gestures shown on every page, they'll get something of a work-out, for the analogies are good: foot-stomping elephants, clapping seals, and shoulder-hunching buffalo are enticingly imitatable. The book's large size and bold, brightly colored animals make it ideal for story hours. Unusual for Carle—and highlighted by the emphasis on action—is the stiffness of the collages: Neither children nor animals convey a sense of motion, but appear locked into place. Linda Lowery's Twist With a Burger, Jitter With a Bug (1995) inspires similar participation, but is a more rhythmic and vivacious book.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.07(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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From Head to Toe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
mrserika More than 1 year ago
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!
jessthebest99 11 months ago
This a great book although it is very short and doesn't have a lot words it tells a fun story. It is easy to catch on in the story because the whole story line is the characters doing exactly what the animals ask the children to do. I would recommend this to very little kids because there isn't much to the book and it is very simple. It also has big pictures and very bit of writing so it is fun for younger children.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. My son loves it. We act out almost every animal in it.
Fit-Jen More than 1 year ago
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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aangelicaa070707 More than 1 year ago
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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OsaES More than 1 year ago
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.
zelda2u More than 1 year ago
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!
turn-turn-turn More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Desert-Dwellers More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece by Eric Carle. I immensely enjoyed reading this book. Eric Carle is one of the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)