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The Very Quiet Cricket [Hardcover]

By Eric Carle (Author)
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Item description for The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle...

A very quiet cricket who wants to rub his wings together and make a sound as do so many other animals finally achieves his wish. The cricket's sound is reproduced at the end of the book.

Publishers Description
A small cricket hatches one warm day, ' and the other insects greet him. Though the little guy wants very much to respond, nothing happens when he rubs his wings together. Finally, as night falls, he spies another cricket and attempts to greet her. And this time . . . he chirped the most beautiful sound that she had ever heard.' As usual, Carle's art is lovely and his story is simple and satisfying. But this book has something The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider didn't have: an electronic chirping mechanism activated by the turning of the last page.
"-Publishers Weekly"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 11.79" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 19, 2003
Publisher   Philomel
Age  1-4
ISBN  0399218858  
ISBN13  9780399218859  

Availability  140 units.
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More About Eric Carle

Eric Carle The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

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.

Carle says: “With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Spanish Bio:
Eric Carle es el creador de mas de setenta libros ilustrados para ninos.

Nacio en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis anos de edad se traslado con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Kunste de Stuttgart, logro cumplir su sueno de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportacion global a la literatura y a la ilustracion infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta anos despues de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguro en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, ademas de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen numero de originales de los mas destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle currently resides in New York. Eric Carle was born in 1929.

Eric Carle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Picture Books
  2. Brown Bear and Friends
  3. Classic Board Book
  4. Henry Holt Big Books
  5. My First Reader (Hardcover)
  6. Paperstar Book
  7. Penguin Young Readers: Level 2
  8. Penguin Young Readers: Level 3
  9. Ready-To-Read - Level 1 (Quality)
  10. Ready-To-Read - Level Pre1 (Cloth)
  11. Ready-To-Read - Level Pre1 (Quality)
  12. Slide and Find
  13. World of Eric Carle

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Very Quiet Cricket?

A Great Sleepy Time Book  May 24, 2008
We love The Very Quiet Cricket, one of Eric Carle's best. It is the story of a very young cricket who wants to talk to the world around him, but he hasn't yet learned how. He rubs and rubs his wings together, but "nothing happens. Not a sound." Until the surprise on the very last page.

This is a great end of the day, getting ready for bed book. I read it to my young one in a very soft voice, and she listens very quietly and intently, saying the words under her breath. Even after the most rowdy of days, THIS will quiet her down. And of course, there is always breathless anticipation for the final page...will the cricket finally chirp?

The illustrations are very cute, and the simple ideas and repetition of sounds are very intriguing for little ones to follow throughout. This board book is VERY sturdy and stands up to much loving from little hands. And so, far the surprise ending just keeps on, chirping.
Favorite Book!   Jan 2, 2008
My kids love this book and it's my favorite to read to them. If you love Eric Carle you must have this book.
A definite favorite  May 6, 2007
This is probably one of my son's favorite Eric Carle books. The repetitive text can be a trifle annoying until you realize it encourages your child to "read along" with you, which is great.
Unique Story - Great Illustrations  Feb 17, 2007
My daughter (18 mos) and I love this book. I especially like the story as it is unique. A great way to introduce children to different types of bugs. None of the bug names are hard to pronounce, but then again, I was an amateur entymologist in my formitive years. *wink* And the ending with the cricket chirping is very cute. I like this one as much as his other well known books: hungry caterpillar, busy spider, brown bear, polar bear, panda bear, do kangaroos have mothers too, etc etc. Definitely add this book to your Carle Collection.
Great Book  Jan 10, 2007
This is a great one! We read this one over and over and over.

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