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Quick as a Cricket (Child's Play Library) Paperback – December 31, 1982

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"I'm as quick as a cricket, I'm as slow as a snail. I'm as small as an ant, I'm as large as a whale." Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood's large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle ("I'm as tame as a poodle") and on the very next page he is swinging through trees ("I'm as wild as a chimp"). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, "Put it all together and you've got ME!" (Baby to age 6) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This board book edition is new, although the soft and hard cover versions, published in 1982, have been extensively reviewed, and have sold over 1,000,000 copies. -- From the publisher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 240 (What's this?)
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play International; Big Book ed. edition (December 31, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085953331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859533317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 0.2 x 17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Draheim on December 8, 2009
Format: Board book
I am a primary school teacher, and Audry Wood's "Quick as a Cricket" has been a long time favorite of mine to read with my students. I ordered the board book format for my 10 month old as a stocking stuffer. I was surprised to find that this is an "abridged" version of the story. Some of the pages are missing, and half the artwork has been excluded to squeeze the story onto as few pages as possible. One of my favorite activities to do with this book is to find all the objects in the little boy's room that he refers to throughout the story (the stuffed animals, photos, etc.) and of course the children always love to see their own reflection on the last page. These pages have both been excluded in the board book. Such a shame, so much of the charm of this book and the beautiful artwork is lost in this abbreviated version. I am sure my little one, who is a junior bibliophile already, will love the book, but I will have to buy a complete version for our lap-time reading.

Don't waste your money- get the full version in hardback or paper book!
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I love this book. My boys love this book. We read it on a daily basis multiple times. My 3 year old can practically read it to his little brother. I actually went to a short literacy class on books for children and they read this one as an example of a good selection. It is very simple with large pictures, but is great for introducing comparisons and adjectives. ("I'm as quick as a cricket") It's simplicity is appealing yet it also uses words that are a little less common in a preschooler's vocabulary. All around one of our favorites!
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My son eyes new books suspiciously - almost like I was trying to sneak a new child into the house without checking with him first. His books are a closed circle of friends and he loves the familiar, well worn pages that he can rattle off by heart. So I was amazed when he took to this book immediately and with gusto, rattling off the animal names within days. Quick as a cricket, slow as a snail, small as an ant, large as a whale, ...there are sad bassetts, happy larks, tame poodles, busy bees, lazy lizards, tough rhinos...you name it. This books has the essential ingredients for every toddler book - beautiful artwork, rhyme and rhythm to the words, and interesting characters to capture little imaginations. I love the Woods but not all their books are for tots this age since they can get a little bizarre sometimes. This ranks right up there in the book world the way Raffi does in the music world of toddlers!
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Format: Paperback
Don and Audrey Wood are quickly becoming my favorite creators of picture books for toddlers. "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" has been a must-read since the day my 3-year old daughter found it at the bookstore; when we went looking for more, we found "Quick as a Cricket." My daughter made me read it to her six times before she let me up from the bookstore bench to go buy it for her. The intense likeability of the Little Mouse style has been taken up a notch into a wide variety of animals, as the boy of the story changes and shifts to match each new companion. The words are simple, but rhythmic and rhyming. While it's not as funny as "Little Mouse," the rapture of reading it with my daughter has not faded. "Quick as a Cricket" is a definite classic, and one that will last the decades.
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Format: Board book
This lovely book has won the heart of my 2 year old daughter. She requests the "cricket book" perhaps a little too often :-). I do really enjoy reading the quick paced, bouncy rhyming style of Audrey Wood. She is one of my favorite children's authors and with her husband Don Wood, they have created beautifully illustrated pages to go along with it. It is colorful, fun, interesting, and predictable enough so that the toddler can help you finish the sentences and join in the story FUN!
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This book reminds me of some of the books that I loved as a child. Books where an adult finally "gets it" and understands that sometimes I'm as loud as a lion and sometimes I'm as shy as a shrimp. Books where the words are good but the pictures can be even better. The pictures can stimulate the imagination in so many ways.

Quick as a Cricket is well loved by my Cousin's one year old little girl. It is one of the few books that she brings to me to read on a regular basis. Other books she loses interest in after a few pages but this one we read three and four times in a row.
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My kids enjoyed this book and, as a speech therapist, I love using this book for language lessons for ages 3-7. The younger ones enjoy the story and get in some practice using opposites. With the older ones, I have them practice using comparisons (I'm as ___ as a ____)after hearing the story. I've even used it in a K-1 Sunday School class for teaching the idea of how a person feels differently at different times.
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Kids love this book because the pictures are so captivating.
Adults love this book because the words just ROLL off of your tongue, and the pictures are so capivating.
Teachers love this book because the vocabulary is predictable, yet challenging. It is a great book for teaching early readers. And then there are those illustrations......
This book teaches, entertains, AND put the reader in awe. It is a gorgeous piece of work!
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