Saturday, February 02, 2008

Last of this Bunch

Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life, by Eric Carle. This collection of short stories gave me a better idea of the artist and his family. It was difficult to read, however, because it is written in a style very similar to his picture books, but most of the stories contain distressing events. I suppose that is to be expected of stories taking place in Germany in and around World War II, but it is unsettling to hear the Grouch Ladybug voice say "but [she] had not survived the cold" (pg. 37).

Protector of the Small: Lady Knight, by Tamora Pierce. I'm not sure why I can never keep myself from reading a book I know is going to be bad. Even though this book was terrible and a waste of my time, I would have felt incomplete for not finishing the series. There wasn't as much of an agenda in this one, but nothing else has changed. I'm at least going to manage to not read the other series by this author.

Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin; illustrated by Mary Azarian. This is a non-fiction picture book for slightly older students. There is a large amount of text on each page, and I think some text is meant to be ignored or included by the adult reader, depending on the age of the audience: it is separated from the rest of the text, is in the margin, and is in smaller text. Sometimes it seems that additional text should be read before the main text, sometimes after, so the reader would have to be pretty familiar with the book before reading it to the audience.
Love the art.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, by Eric Carle. Introduces the phases of the moon in a kid-friendly way. There were fold-out pages and a pop-up that are fun.

The Very Lonely Firefly, by Eric Carle. This one has some information on fireflies in the front. Like the Click Beetle book, there are cool effects as you get toward the end of the book: there are fireflies on the last page whose bodies light up, and they show through the penultimate page.

Watch Out! A Giant!
by Eric Carle. There is no text in this book, just short conversation bubbles. There are die-cuts that peek through each page.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. The classic. Hurray for die-cuts. Numbers, days of the week, and colors.

The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle. Some information on crickets is in the opening front flap.
This book makes noise towards the end, like the Click Beetle book.

Eric Carle's Animals, Animals, by Eric Carle. The illustrator compiled short poems and sayings about many animals.

I See a Song, by Eric Carle. Colors and scenes are given, without text or any words or symbols. The illustrator does not give the song he is supposedly illustrating.

Click the link to download the outline for the Eric Carle presentation.
Click the link to download the Power Point Presentation for the Eric Carle presentation. All the color blocks are from the backgrounds and inside and outside covers of some of Carle's works.

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