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About the Author

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060539593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060539597
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Stevenson VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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I purchased this book for the kindergarten class that I've adopted and ultimately I chose not to even send the book. It seemed to emphasize a lot about a "Climate Control Machine" that was made with ice cubes and what you SHOULDN'T do - rather than what you should. Yes, of course it was meant to be funny - but I just think the children would remember this dumb "machine" rather than ideas that can truly help the planet.

In the end, I didn't think it was the best book at all for children this small. A book that I absolutely LOVED about Earth Day, however, was " I Love Our Earth" by Bill Martin, Jr. The teacher and children loved it too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mommy4Suns on November 23, 2008
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Again, I love all Little Critter books. This is a new one so I had to have it. My sons really remembered this book, because they remember to turn out lights now and refer to the book and it's message about simple things we can do to help save the earth:)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Whaley on May 8, 2008
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This is a great books to teach kids and adults alike how easy it is to recycle without requiring a major overhaul to one's life. There are tips about conserving water, using your community's curb side recycling service, planting trees and more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TSP on April 26, 2008
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This book is nicely illustrated and I like the concept but the author misses some wonderful opportunities to teach more about what we can do to take care of the earth. One of the illustrations shows the main character standing in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open for what appears to be an extended period of time as he contemplates climate control. (seems counter intuitive} Then the main character makes a bunch of ice and uses an electric fan all day and into the night to blow air over the ice to cool the planet. Hmmmm... more waste of electricity. Would have been nice to include things we can do in our every day lives in our homes to reduce our carbon footprint like turning off lights, driving less, carpooling, changing light bulbs, solar power, etc etc I should note that the author does do a nice job of going over reduce, reuse, recylce, so it's not entirely bad, just misses the mark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Needham on April 5, 2008
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It's Earth Day! (Little Critter)I am using this book with young children to increase awareness of ways they can help take care of the earth. It is both entertaining and informative. I recommend it for the classroom or for reading and discussing at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Fowler on January 22, 2010
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My grandchildren love little critter books by Mercer Mayer and this one, "It's Earth Day," is so appropriate for today! This story reminds all generations about the importance of taking care of the earth and being mindful of how our actions directly affect our world.
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I'm a nanny and I got this for the little boy I take care of as part of his birthday present. He had just turned 4 and this book was perfect for his level of understanding. The story was entertaining, on the inside front cover they list 10 tips to save the planet, and we had a lot of fun trying to find the little mouse and spider in every picture.

Highly recommend!
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By Sarah on April 29, 2015
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I bought this to read on earth day to classroom. It's a very cute little critter book. The only down side is I expected the story to be more about earth day with explanations. It only discussed climate change. Other than that it's all you would expect from a little critter story.
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