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The movements suggested in this book have been chosen carefully to provide healthful exercises for many parts of the body in sequence. And as they play, children will be learning important skills such as ...
The movements suggested in this book have been chosen carefully to provide healthful exercises for many parts of the body in sequence. And as they play, children will be learning important skills such as listening carefully, focusing attention, understanding the spoken word, following instructions, and accepting a challenge, as well as being able to move their bodies in a controlled manner.
Laughter and squeals of delight will abound as boys and girls ( and their elders, too!) participate in the action.
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.
On Thursday, July 17th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Eric Carle, author of FROM HEAD TO TOE.
Eric Carle: The artwork took perhaps two or three weeks, but the preliminary work, the sketches, took months -- a couple of years.
Eric Carle: The other picture book artists that I like are Maurice Sendak, Leo Leonni, Jose Aruego, Lisbeth Zwerger, Mitsumasa Anno, Ezra Keats...these are the first who come to my mind. I know them, but I am not close friends with them.
Eric Carle: I've been using the tissue papers for a long time, and I am always looking for the "perfect" tissue papers. Lately, I've been using tissue papers from Kate's Paperie in SoHo. All the other art materials I just buy from an art store around the corner from where I work. My art materials are very simple materials, really. Acrylic paints, brushes, tissue papers, and wallpaper glue, which I mix with a little bit of Elmer's Glue, for pasting down the colored tissue papers to make a collage.
Eric Carle: The artwork belongs to me. After the publisher has used my illustrations to make the books, they are returned to me. To make collages from the tissue papers is a matter of practice, and after a while it is very easy to do that.
Eric Carle: Yes, think about the commentaries, and yes, do research. It is important to ask the right questions when you interview people. From my experience, I have found some interviewers to be better than others, and if the interviewer is good, then I can give good answers. To overcome writer's block First, I suffer through it, then I clean up my studio, sharpen my pencils, procrastinate a little more, and then sit down and do my work. Number 3 is hard to answer. I think a lot about my work, and about writing, but that doesn't mean I sit at my desk and write all the time. Actually, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR started out this way I had a stack of papers, and with a hole-puncher punched holes in that stack of papers. When I looked at the holes, I thought about a bookworm. The bookworm I changed into a green worm, and then the green worm was finally changed into a caterpillar. That's how THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR started.
Eric Carle: Thank you!
Eric Carle: Stuttgart is a very beautiful city. But there are many aspects to having lived there, both joyful and sad. The sad part has to do with the war, and the bombing; the joyful part has to do with my friends and relatives. Yes, I visit Stuttgart every so often. My sister, who is 21 years younger than I am, and to whom I've dedicated THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, still lives in the Stuttgart area with her family. Well, Massachusetts reminds me of the Stuttgart area. The hills and valleys are similar. I could never live in an area that is totally flat.
Eric Carle: I visited schools for the first 25 years of my career as a children's book author, and very much enjoyed doing that. But on my 60th birthday, I gave myself the gift of not traveling so much anymore. Also, it is very important for me to stay in my studio as much as possible and do my work, because I still have so many ideas to work on.
Eric Carle: The idea for FLORA AND TIGER began several years ago because a number of teachers and children have asked me if I would write a book for older children. One child asked me, would I ever write a "real" book? Another child asked if I would write a book for parents. I am not so sure about the age group for this book. I can imagine it being read to young children, but also to be enjoyed by teens, and anyone -- teachers, parents, librarians -- who are interested in my work and my life. It is not an autobiography, but this book will give you autobiographical glimpses into my life. FLORA AND TIGER deals with three subjects dear to my heart. Animals and insects, friends and relatives, and myself.
Eric Carle: Hello, friends in Lubbock, Texas! I was just signing books in Texas not too long ago, and you are a bunch of wonderful people. This interview is being conducted in my studio.
Eric Carle: And to continue from my last answer This live chat format is a first for me! Now to RachelSee the answer above!
Eric Carle: Yes, I have children of my own. I have a daughter, her name is Cirsten, and I have a son whose name is Rolf. Both are adults now. Your question about the dedications is interesting. Of course, each book is dedicated to a person that I care for, respect, and love. Sometimes I like to give a speech, or write a book, in which I would explain my relationship with these people, these friends or relatives I've dedicated a book to. Georgette, I love your question about the dedications. I've had so many wonderful people in my life who've influenced and nurtured me. Incidentally, I often (but not always) insert the letters "R" and "C" in one of the illustrations of the book. You have to search for them. "C" of course stands for Cirsten, and "R" for Rolf. You can see they are very important to me.
Eric Carle: I use some from my memory, some I sketch from life, and some I look up in books.
Eric Carle: Thank you!
Eric Carle: When I don't illustrate a book, then I paint my colorful tissue papers.
Eric Carle: Inspiration comes from many sources. Sometimes inspiration just sneaks up on you.
Eric Carle: Dallas and Longview. The beginning of DRAGONS DRAGONS was difficult. In fact I almost despaired. I called up my editor and told her I was unable to illustrate this book. Fortunately she was not in to take the call, because by the time she came back two days later I had changed my mind and enthusiastically began working on this book.
Eric Carle: I was born in the United States, where I began my first-grade education. Then my parents and I moved to Germany, where I started a second round of an education. I was unaware of it, but today I am aware that it was a difficult time period in my life. I believe that with my books I am dealing with that time all over again. I believe that the transition from preschool to first grade is a difficult time for children, and I went through this process twice within a very short time. Helping children make this transition is my motivation. And I am gratified that children have embraced my books.
Eric Carle: Dear Laura, I have the same problem that you do! Animals are easier for me. However, in FROM HEAD TO TOE, I think I've been pretty successful with my people as well as the animals. In fact, it is a very successful combination.
Eric Carle: Right now, I don't have any pets, but most of my life there have been cats, and a dog. I did have a Samoyed dog, which is what I think you mean by Eskimo dog. So far, I haven't thought about writing about an Eskimo dog.
Eric Carle: The beautiful garden is in my head.
Eric Carle: Yes! www.Eric-Carle.com. There is a bulletin board called "Caterpillar Exchange" where teachers, parents, and librarians can share ideas about how to use my books.
Eric Carle: I don't have any plans right now. You seem to be a lively bunch! Thanks a bunch!
Eric Carle: I very much enjoyed being part of this chat. Good night!
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!
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Posted September 16, 2013
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.
Posted December 13, 2012
Posted July 5, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2010
Posted December 12, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2009
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2009
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!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2009
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Posted November 11, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2003
Posted July 2, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2000
Posted January 16, 2000
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)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2010
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