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.
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