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In the Tall, Tall Grass

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by Denise Fleming
     
 

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

A 1992 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books
An ALA Notable Book
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Overview

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

A 1992 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
A Booklist Editors' Choice

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A terrific story-hour book. As day turns to night, a caterpillar crunches and munches his way through the tall, tall grass...Besides a treat for eyes and ears, this can be used as an introductory nature lesson.” —Booklist, starred review

“Bold, bright, stylized illustrations capture eye and imagination as they convey the simple, rhyming text of this outstanding nature tale.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805039412
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
03/15/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
81,011
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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In the Tall, Tall Grass 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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ECE_Teacher More than 1 year ago
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!