In The Tall, Tall Grass (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see?

To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees ...

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If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see?

To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees and birds--hip-hopping bunnies too. You'll even hear the sounds some of them make.

Crunch, munch,
caterpillars lunch...
Crack, snap, wings flap...

Beginning as the sun is high in the sky and ending as fireflies blink and the moon rises above, this backyard tour is one no child will want to miss.

Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler's view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Singling out the ``array of vibrant verbs and boisterous onomatopeia'' and the ``kaleidoscope effect'' of the textured paper collages, PW called Caldecott Honor artist Fleming's caterpillar safari ``ideal for sharing with young explorers.'' Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Rhyming action words and bright bold artwork give a toddler's view of the animals seen in the grass. In addition to the delightful yet simple text, the introduction of the animals and insects follows the passage of time from day to evening. 1995 (orig.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
I love Fleming's bold style which she achieves by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. Her simple rhyming text accompanies illustrations that capture well the dynamic ecosystems of different environments. Creatures such as lunch-munching caterpillars and loop-swooping bats share space in this book as they do in the natural world.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- Bold, bright, stylized collage illustrations capture the eye and the imagination as they depict the simple, rhyming text of this outstanding nature tale. From a caterpillar's point-of-view, children see the many happenings in the tall, tall grass: ``crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch/dart, dip, hummingbirds sip'' etc. Bees and birds, ants and snakes are among the daytime inhabitants. Then, with the ``stars bright, moonlight'' come nocturnal fireflies and bats: ``good night, tall, tall grass.'' The childlike illustrations were created by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils, resulting in remarkable images. Colors--shaded and varied--range full spectrum, deep and true through sunny yellow, cobalt, plum, a dozen shades of green. On each double page appears the blue-eyed, yellow-with-orange-spots caterpillar, always in proper perspective to the other creatures. Two-year-olds (and even younger) will enjoy the rhyme and rhythm, three-year-olds exploring numbers will love counting insects, four-year-olds--who are sure they can ``read''--will experience success after a few listenings, and adults won't mind the request, ``Read it again, please.'' A real charmer. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785767039
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,505,456
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming is the author and illustrator of eight picture books, including Mama Cat has Three Kittens, Time to Sleep, and the Caldecott Honor book In the Small, Small Pond. Her vibrant art is created by pouring layers of colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. The result is textured images set in handmade paper. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, her dog, and several cats.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Great for Toddlers

    I really don't know why they are stating that the age range for this book is 4 to 8. This is geared more toward a younger group. I read this book to my 2-year-old class every single day, and they LOVED it! This is a great opportunity for teachers to be animated in their reading and gestures, and for the kids to participate in acting out the sounds and movements of the "things" in this book. When we got to the last page where we say, "Goodnight, Tall Tall Grass!" they always asked me to read it again and again. Very fun! I would recommend it to any preschool, or to any parents who are looking for a stimulating book!

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