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"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Eric Carle, Jane Goodall
 

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slowly, slowly, slowly—that's the way the sloth moves. slowly, it eats and then, slowly, it falls asleep. what strange kind of creature is this? the other animals wonder. why doesn't it run or fly or play or hunt like the rest of us? "why are you so slow?" the howler monkey inquires. but the sloth doesn't answer any questions until the jaguar asks, "why are you

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slowly, slowly, slowly—that's the way the sloth moves. slowly, it eats and then, slowly, it falls asleep. what strange kind of creature is this? the other animals wonder. why doesn't it run or fly or play or hunt like the rest of us? "why are you so slow?" the howler monkey inquires. but the sloth doesn't answer any questions until the jaguar asks, "why are you so lazy?" Anyone who has ever felt too busy will appreciate the sloth's peaceful lifestyle and realize that it's okay to take time to enjoy life. eric Carle's dazzling collage illustrations introduce readers to the exotic beauty of the Amazon rain forest and the many unusual animals living there.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
With a preface by Jane Goodall, an emphasis on Amazon rain forest animals and Carle's bright, trademark collages, this book is sure to find a wide audience. All the animals in the rain forest watch as the sloth "slowly, slowly, slowly" crawls along a tree branch or "slowly, slowly, slowly" eats a leaf. "Why are you so slow?" they ask, "...so quiet, ...so boring?" The sloth does not answer until the jaguar asks why he is lazy. In the volume's densest chunk of text, the sloth replies with an unexpected barrage of adjectives, admitting that, while he is "sluggish, lethargic, placid, calm, mellow, laid-back and, well, slothful," he is "not lazy... that's just how I am. I like to do things slowly,/ slowly,/ slowly." The narrative's use of simple repeated phrases requires readers to ape the protagonist the text compels them to slow down. Colorful endpapers name all of the animals introduced in Carle's signature collage illustrations, with a setting particularly well-suited to his jewel-like palette. Children will readily identify with the hero's need to move at his own pace. The sweet, moss-covered sloth will especially appeal to rushed families who will find in Carle's attractive book a brief respite from their hurried lives. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
As a sloth crawls along a branch, eats a leaf, sleeps, and awakens, echoing the languid tempo of its rain-forest life, Carle grabs readers' attention with a continuous procession of animals, revealing the diversity of their habitat. Anaconda, peccary, tapir, caiman, jaguar, toucan, and armadillo, among others, quietly observe the creature and gently disappear in a march of bold colors. Carle's art is at its best with a brightly colored selection of painted tissue-paper collage that captures 25 rain-forest denizens. Each page of text reinforces the sloth's slow pace, until it ends its silence and temporarily changes the measured text tempo in a lengthy paragraph (with 20 adjectives) explanation of his love for serenity. In an introduction, both Carle and zoologist Jane Goodall praise efforts to save the rain-forest habitat and slow the pace of today's hurried lifestyle. The artwork alone places this book as a treasured addition for all libraries.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Carle (Dream Snow, 2000, etc.) branches out to feature a lesser-known yet fascinating animal in a paean to taking it easy. Appropriately soporific text recounts a sloth's daily activities: sleeping, waking, eating, and hanging from a branch, all of which he does slowly, slowly, slowly. Despite the fact that hardly anything happens, this depiction of a day in the life of a sloth is never boring; riotous colors abound in Carle's intricate painted-tissue, paper-collage jungle, which teems with life. Dozens of animals can be spotted among the vines, flowers, trees, and grass; a key at the end shows each creature and provides its name, encouraging readers to go back and look for them. A howler monkey, a caiman, an anteater, and a jaguar visit the sloth and ask him why he is so slow, so quiet, so boring, and so lazy. After thinking for a long, long time, sloth admits to being "slow, quiet and boring," as well as "lackadaisical . . . unflappable, languid, stoic, impassive, sluggish, lethargic, placid, calm, mellow, laid-back and, well, slothful!" He is also a welcome example for all: "I am relaxed and tranquil, and I like to live in peace." But he denies being lazy. A foreword by renowned zoologist Jane Goodall explains her fascination with sloths, and sets the stage for children's burgeoning interest. There is room in everyone's life for a little peace and quiet, and this introduction to an animal that is the epitome of tranquillity will be welcome at bedtime, or anytime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417774753
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Carle lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Education:
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
Website:
http://www.eric-carle.com/

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''Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,'' Said The Sloth (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
13meadows More than 1 year ago
This book sparked many question from my 3 year old. He wanted to know my the sloth moved so slow and what wrong with doing things fast. very interesting book with different points to discover.
aangelicaa070707 More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Not only are Eric Carles illustrations fantastic, the the story is so sweet. I love reading this to our 2 year old because it shows him that moving slowly can be relaxing and tranquil! ;) I know he just loves the pictures of all the animals and he especially laughs at all the word that Eric Carle uses for lazy. The story behind this is awesome! Just because you move slowly, doesn't mean your lazy! Too Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relaxing sweet book of the sloths life and how he takes it very slowly. Great bedtime story. Calming and reassuring to little ones.