Saturday, January 26, 2008

Carle, Eric, The

I am doing a project on the illustrator Eric Carle. These are more notes for my own use. 

Today is Monday, by Eric Carle. Lists all the days of the week, but doesn't do anything else with them, or have anything else educational (most others have an animal in every color or multiples to count, etc). Saturday is a fox carrying a (live?) recognizable chicken in its mouth for its dinner. This is (so far) the only one I haven't enjoyed and haven't seen the value of. Even the pictures are darker. Includes an odd song (sheet music and words for several verses) in the back.

The Rooster Who Set Out to See the World, by Eric Carle. Beautiful, vibrant rooster. Counting up to 5 and back down. Some good biographical information in the back for the book about the author's difficulty with numbers in school.  

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, by Eric Carle. I'm not a big fan of bugs, but this one made the bugs the good guys. The only one I was able to get that has the sound effects. Has a couple paragraphs in the front about the click beetle.  

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr; illustrated by Eric Carle. The original! Each animal is a different color, and all are reprized on the inside of the back cover.  

"Slowly, slowly, slowly," said the sloth, by Eric Carle. This has, for a children's book, a lengthy foreword by Jane Goodall. The jacket calls it "informative."  

Where are you going? To see my friend!: A story of friendship in two languages, by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura. The second language is Japanese, with the pronunciations next to the symbols. Japanese reads right to left (?) and the two stories meet up in the middle, with both characters and all the animals having a song, for which there is sheet music. I think the second author did the illustrations for the Japanese half, as they are very different, although still pretty.  

The very busy spider, by Eric Carle. The spider web is textured; it sticks out from the page. Nothing else does, nor in any other book.  

1, 2, 3 To the zoo: A counting book, by Eric Carle. This has no words, only numerals, and different animals.  

Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear?, by Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle. Zoo animals, each a different color.  

Do you want to be my friend?, by Eric Carle. This is a wordless picture book. There is a note to parents and teachers in the front that tells how the author usually "reads" it to children.  

The mixed-up Chameleon, by Eric Carle. Apparently children enjoy this one? I thought it was freaky-deeky.

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