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In the Tall, Tall Grass (An Owlet Book) Paperback – March 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: An Owlet Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805039414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805039412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Singling out the "array of vibrant verbs and boisterous onomatopeia" and the "kaleidoscope effect" of the textured paper collages, PW called Caldecott Honor artist Fleming's caterpillar safari "ideal for sharing with young explorers." Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Bold, bright, stylized collage illustrations capture the eye and the imagination as they depict the simple, rhyming text of this outstanding nature tale. From a caterpillar's point-of-view, children see the many happenings in the tall, tall grass: "crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch/dart, dip, hummingbirds sip" etc. Bees and birds, ants and snakes are among the daytime inhabitants. Then, with the "stars bright, moonlight" come nocturnal fireflies and bats: "good night, tall, tall grass." The childlike illustrations were created by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils, resulting in remarkable images. Colors--shaded and varied--range full spectrum, deep and true through sunny yellow, cobalt, plum, a dozen shades of green. On each double page appears the blue-eyed, yellow-with-orange-spots caterpillar, always in proper perspective to the other creatures. Two-year-olds (and even younger) will enjoy the rhyme and rhythm, three-year-olds exploring numbers will love counting insects, four-year-olds--who are sure they can "read"--will experience success after a few listenings, and adults won't mind the request, "Read it again, please." A real charmer. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of eighteen picture books, including Buster.

***INTERVIEW***
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.

Q: What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
A: It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.

Q: What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
A: I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
A: I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

Q: What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
A: Experiment with different styles and media.

*From Macmillan's Denise Fleming page.

Customer Reviews

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My son brought this book home to read and fell in love with it.
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Very short, but large sized, with beautiful bright artwork.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janice on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is my son's favorite book. The age range for this book says 4 & up, but my 2 year old just loves it. The illustrations are magnificent. My son & his day care class love to get involved and make the sounds that are in the tall, tall grass. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very colorful book (see for yourself in the "search inside this book" feature) for the pre-school and under set. It begins with a drawing of a child watching a caterpillar in the tall grass. Then there are more caterpillars crunching and munching, hummingbirds darting and dipping, bees humming, a bird with wings flapping, ants lugging, snakes gliding, moles scratching and digging, beetles hurrying, frogs snapping, bunnies hopping, fireflies glowing, and bats swooping. The last lines are:

Stars bright,

moonlight...

good night,

tall, tall grass.

These last lines make it appropriate for a good-night book, but the language in general is good for children as it has a nice cadence, rhyme and rhythm.

Strum, drum,

bees hum

crack, snap

wings flap...

Four Stars. [B-]. Bright color from edge to edge. Okay read-aloud that uses more interesting, but simple, words for small fry. Suitable for a good night book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 2, 2004
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Bright, attractive illustrations complement simple rhymes in large print as readers examine, from a caterpillar's point of view, the creatures that live and act in the tall, tall grass -- hummingbirds, bees, birds, ants, snakes, moles, beetles, frogs, bunnies, fireflies and bats -- as the book takes us through day and into the night.
Simple, effective and appealing to children.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
To me, what makes this book so appealing is the variety of familiar and more unexpected creatures that are to be found "in the tall, tall grass," and what makes it remarkable is the perspective from daylight to dark. The text bites and Eric Carle style illustrations do not seem particularly original or unique to me beyond that (though others might disagree: its was an American Library Association Notable Book and a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book in 1992), but it its still an enjoyable, good quality read for budding naturalists and youngsters who are curious about the world around them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the Tall, Tall Grass Denise Fleming tells about the animals that live in the tall,tall grass. I highly recommend this book for a bedtime story. It has no scary parts. And it has rhymes. Read this book and see if it would be a good bedtime story for your kid...Victoria I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TA Mom on April 21, 2006
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The Good

Big pictures, splashy colors. The best part is the microscopic perspective. You feel like you are right with the boy in the tall, tall grass zoomed in on each creature that crawls or skitters by.

The Bad

The rhyming is sometimes awkward and there isn't much of a storyline.
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Fantastic pictures! Great for introduction to rhyming words. Shows children all the different animals and interesting activity of them as they live in the tall, tall grass. It also shows the journey from animals seen during the day to those seen at night. A very simple plot, not to much of a story but the pictures really add to it. A great book for younger children!
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This over-sized book with giant print, interesting live critters, and "sound" words like munch and drum and snap is made more delightful with rhyme that works. After the first read through, even the youngest children will be chiming in to read along with you. The colorful collage artwork will capture their attention. By the time they get to the last good night, they will have experienced a fun science lesson presented on a level that they understood.
-Hope Irvin Marston, author of MY LITTLE BOOK OF WOOD DUCKS
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