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Eric Carle's Animals Animals Hardcover – August 17, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (August 17, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399217444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399217449
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Eric Carle's distinctive art holds a place of honor in the world of children's books. (He is the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the illustrator of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.) In this thoughtfully selected collection of poems about animals, you'll meet creatures of every sort, from an ant to a yak. You'll find selections from many cultures, penned by celebrated poets such as Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky. Animals, Animals is best suited for older preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades, but the beautiful illustrations will please children of any age, including babies. The oversized format lends itself well to Eric Carle's bright collages--the animals, birds, and insects seem ready to jump or fly right off the pages. (Ages 1 to 8)

From Publishers Weekly

Exuberantly illustrated by Carle ( The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), this collection of animal poems contains many pleasant surprises. Benjamin Franklin observes, "What is a butterfly? At best / He's but a caterpillar dressed," and Clarence Day reports, "The ant is knowing and wise; but / he doesn't know enough to take a vacation." "A discovery!" announces Yaku in a haiku. "On my frog's smooth green belly /there sits no button." Meanwhile, Carle's brilliant patchwork of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and insects parades up and down tree trunks, alongside cityscapes and--most memorably--is enfolded in the billowing currents of oceans. Seeing and evoking all with a childlike, primitive verve, the illustrator depicts his menagerie at full tilt, with sensuous succulence. All ages.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are colorful and interesting.
Lisa
It contains a wonderful variety of poems, and Eric Carle's artwork is stunning.
Etz
It's such a great book for children to learn about all kinds animals.
lauraATarr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Etz on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I had this book on the top shelf of the kids' (two year old boy and girl) bookcase for safe-keeping until they got a little older and a little better at page-turning. It's far too nice a book, I thought, to be torn and wrinkled by a couple of toddlers who can't even appreciate it. It contains a wonderful variety of poems, and Eric Carle's artwork is stunning. He devotes a two-page spread to most of the animals; the whale at the beginning takes up four pages.

At one point, one of the children spotted this book and expressed an interest, so I got it down and read a few poems to them. I carefully replaced it on the top shelf. They began requesting it more and more, and soon protested when I returned it to the shelf beyond their reach. I gave in, and let them leaf through it -- under my supervision. Finally realizing that it was senseless to limit their handling of this book they so obviously enjoyed, I moved the pristine hardcover to a lower shelf.

I had no idea that two-year-olds would enjoy this poetry so much. While some of the poems are certainly at their language level, many are more advanced, and the kids request those just as often. I frequently find them looking through the book, naming the animals ("duck-billed platypus") and quoting portions of the poems ("lays eggs like a bird").

Now my son cannot even bear to part with this book at night, so it (along with a few others) goes into the crib with him. The binding is loosening and a few pages are torn, but I'll gladly spend another $22.99 to replace it, if necessary. It's a small price to pay for what may become a real love and appreciation for poetry.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have owned this book for several years; I originally bought it thinking the bright and engaging portraits of animals would surely delight my young child. Since then all our children have enjoyed hearing the poems and laughing at, studying, copying, and perusing the creatures that share our earth. A lyrical book, both in text and picture layout, which we won't easily part with for some time, I'm sure.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
From Ogden Nash to Shakespeare, from haiku to Hungarian proverbs, ANIMALS ANIMALS has it all--and it all is illustrated beautifully by the inimitable Eric Carle. His trademark collage-style pictures and jewel-tone colors bring to life an entire zoo in this collection of short poems and poetic sayings about animals. Ants and elephants, octopuses and walruses, and many other delightfully quirky animals tumble playfully across the pages, vividly animating the lovingly selected verses. No need to read it at one sitting, or even sequentially; just open the covers and let the pages fall where they may. This refreshing and entertaining picture book is sure to engage the most restless reader or listener of any age.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a collection of animal poems. The sources of the poems are quite varied, from Emily Dickinson, to the Bible, to Japanese haikus. All sorts of animals are featured, from fireflies to hippopotami. There are no scary bits, and the pictures are great. At the end of the book is an index of the animals and a table of contents by first lines to help you find your favorite poems. The book has about 2900 words.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tanter@econs.umass.edu on March 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My kids adore this book and it's great for grown-ups too! The illustrations and poems go together beautifully and the selection of poems is wonderful. There's a great range of different styles and even young toddlers sit and listen. Eric Carle's books are always a hit but this one in particular is fantastic. This book will be one kids will read for years--even when they're adults. We love this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This oversized book does indeed belong on the bookshelf of every child. They just do not come much better. The wonderful art work by Eric Carle is worth the price of the book alone (If I could afford it, I would dearly love to have one of his originals hanging on my office or home wall). The entire book is made up of Carle's wonderful paintings of various animals, and each is accompanied by a poem written by some of the best poets in the world. The author has included the works of Ogden Nash, Rudyard Kipling, John Gardner, Jack Prelutsky, Ben Franklin, The Talmud, Emily Dickinson, D.H. Lawrence and many many more. The research that went into this book must have been quite a task, but the author has done his job well! This is a wonderful way to expose a child to great art and to great poetry at the same time. Each poem or rhyme fits the animal being depicted perfectly. A word of advise to parents...some of the poems, for instance, some of the work by Nash, have "made up" words in them. Most children are bright enough to figure this out for themselves, but for those children that have not been exposed to this particular mode and technique, it may take some adult explaining. They may not be able to, or be mature enough, to appreciate these wonderful play on words. This is a minor detail though and not of great concern. While this work is considered a "children's book," it can be enjoyed by adults just as much. Good art and good poetry have no age limits. This work, due to it's size, is ideal to read to a class room full of kids or just a good book for a quick bed time read. recommend this one highly.
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