From Head to Toe

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I can do it! is the confidence-building message of this fun-filled interactive picture book. A variety of familiar animals, depicted in colorful collages, invites young children to copy their antics as they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the strikingly designed pages.

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 ...

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Overview

I can do it! is the confidence-building message of this fun-filled interactive picture book. A variety of familiar animals, depicted in colorful collages, invites young children to copy their antics as they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the strikingly designed pages.

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435963
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 31,193
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

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:

Interviews & Essays

On Thursday, July 17th, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Eric Carle, author of FROM HEAD TO TOE.


Moderator: Welcome, Mr. Carle! We're so glad you could join us tonight in the Live Events Auditorium! Is this your first live event online?



William Bosky from Boca Raton, FL: How long did the artwork take to do for 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.



Roger from Oregon: What other illustrators' work are you impressed by? Are you friends with any of them?

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.



Winston Hadley from Virginia: Do you get your art supplies from any particular source, or are they just standard art store things? How about the tissue paper?

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.



Quentin from Jasper, WY: Hello, Mr. Carle! I love your books. What happens to the artwork after you are done with a book? The originals, I mean. And is it hard to work with tissue paper? It must take patience not to tear it.

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.



Rory from Florida: Hey Eric, it is great to talk to one of the most popular children's authors ever. I have three questions for you 1) I am planning to write a book of commentaries soon (I am going into the 8th grade at the end of August and thought that December would be the perfect time to start). When I start this book, should I think of what commentaries I want to write? Do some research? What should I do? 2) How do you overcome writer's block? 3) How much time do you spend writing and illustrating? 4) Before this next question, I just want to say that my little sister loved THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. How do you bring all these wonderful characters to life? Did you just draw them on paper and figure that they were perfect for a story?

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.



Theresa Robertson from Newton, MA: Eric, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me and my children such wonderful books to read together. We are big fans. Thank you!

Eric Carle: Thank you!



Deirdre from Bronxville, NY: What was it like living in Stuttgart? I hear it is a beautiful city -- have you been back recently? Why does Massachusetts suit 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.



Lesley from New York: Do you ever visit schools and talk to the students about being an author/illustrator? If so, what do you like most about school visits? Do you ever visit schools in New York City?

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.



Harold Rolpf from Los Angeles, CA: Your forthcoming book is being billed as "stories from your life." What can we expect to read about, and is this book for children?

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.



Dr. Harris's Class from Lubbock, TX: Where is this being broadcast from? We are watching this during our Children's Lit graduate class.

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.



Rachel Sherman, five years old, from Baltimore, MD: I love your books, especially MY APRON. What will your next book be about?

Eric Carle: And to continue from my last answer This live chat format is a first for me! Now to RachelSee the answer above!



Georgette from Hackensack, NJ: Do you have any children of your own? Are your books dedicated to anyone in particular? Thank you for answering.

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.



Dawn from Houston, TX: Eric, do you use live models to do your sketches, or do you do them from memory?

Eric Carle: I use some from my memory, some I sketch from life, and some I look up in books.



Alexander Lehnen from New York City: Just great to see you on the Internet DIE RAUPE NIMMERSATT was my favorite book when I was little. I never knew you lived in the U.S. in the first place until I started working at Barnes & Noble and put all your books on the Internet site. -- Good luck to you -- Alex

Eric Carle: Thank you!



George from Mom's computer at work: Hello. Are there days that you just paint and paint and paint, with no one book that you are painting for? Just for fun?

Eric Carle: When I don't illustrate a book, then I paint my colorful tissue papers.



Dawn from Houston, TX: Hi, Eric! One more question. What or who inspired FROM HEAD TO TOE? I can see how this, as well as so many of your other books, can be used in middle school classrooms. You are truly an inspiration for us all!!

Eric Carle: Inspiration comes from many sources. Sometimes inspiration just sneaks up on you.



Dr. Harris's Class from Lubbock, TX: What was the most difficult book for you to write and/or illustrate, and why?

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.



Amy from New York City: Have you ever been tempted to write adult books? What is it about the vision of children that makes writing books for them so pleasurable?

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.



Laura Dine from Washington: I am an artist myself, and I admire your work very much. Do you ever find it difficult to make representations of people? I can do animals and objects, but have such a hard time with people -- can you give me advice?

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.



Alexandra S. from Baltimore, MD: What pets do you have? What is your favorite animal that you have written about? Would you ever want to write about an American Eskimo dog?

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.



Frederika from New York: Where is the beautiful garden where you find the caterpillars, fireflies, and crickets that you write about? You must live near the ocean, too!-)

Eric Carle: The beautiful garden is in my head.



Barbara from Harwinton, CT: Do you have a web page where the ways teachers have used your books with their classes are listed?

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.



Dawn from Houston, TX: Eric, when will you be back in Houston again? Several of us in the Children's Lit class at the University of Houston-Clear Lake are anxious to see you.

Eric Carle: I don't have any plans right now. You seem to be a lively bunch! Thanks a bunch!



Moderator: Thanks so much for joining us tonight, Mr. Carle, and for responding so thoughtfully to so many questions! Best wishes and good night!

Eric Carle: I very much enjoyed being part of this chat. Good night!


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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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