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Rooster's Off to See the World (The World of Eric Carle) Paperback – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The World of Eric Carle
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689826842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689826849
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With his lush, gorgeous collages, Eric Carle hardly needs to write a word to make his picture books appealing. Rooster's Off to See the World, in fact, may have been more successful as a wordless book. Rooster wakes up one morning and decides he wants to travel. Off he goes, picking up companions along the way (two cats, three frogs, four turtles, etc.). When night falls, the critters become cold and lonely and hungry, and, group by group, return home. It seems the message here is, "there's no place like home"; reassuring for toddlers, to be sure, but somehow a bit sad and disappointing, too. This small board-book edition is crowded with Carle's trademark illustrations, stunning in color and form--but also with wordy text and counting graphics in the upper right corner of each spread. The adding and subtracting element is an attractive and clever feature, but ultimately, it's a little too much. This said, children and adults will probably be so mesmerized by Carle's colorful collages, the rest won't matter. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Board book edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Carle's trademark tissue-paper collages dress up a story that packs a lesson about counting up and counting down. Ages 4-8. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased a six pack of Eric Carle books because my six year old loves his illustrations. Included was the story Rooster's Off To See The World. The colorful artwork is visually stunning and captivates both of my children who insisted I read it NOW!
The story tells the tale (with lots of repetitive text) of an ambitious rooster who sets out to see the world. He leaves his cozy home safe behind to embark on his trip. On each page he picks up a few new friends who are also seduced by the temptation to "see the world". Unfortunately, rooster isn't all that bright and he forgets to make plans for basic necessities like food and shelter. So when the sun goes down rooster and his new friends are cold and hungry. They all begin to complain. Soon, rooster's fair weather friends begin to desert him (the turtle's even leave without bothering to say goodbye!). Before long poor defeated rooster is left all alone. A dejected rooster ponders his mistakes, takes a short nap and heads back out to his cozy home without seeing much of the world at all and the book comes to an end.
Both of my kids lingered on each beautiful page instead of rushing along to see what happens next in the story as they usually do. My sensitive four year old said she felt very sad when this story came to its end because Rooster's so-called friends left him alone but my six year old enjoyed it. He particularly enjoyed counting all of roosters new friends who appeared in little boxes in the upper corner of each page and said he'd like to read it again so it's a keeper for my son, anyway. ~ Laurie Shallah
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Extremely fun to read with your child before bed. The entire collection of books by Eric Carle provide many hours of stimulation. This book provides a colorful way to teach counting skills to very young children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelda S. Mohr on October 24, 2005
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I used this book for a story time with a rooster theme. It is a counting book that teaches the concept of addition and subtraction. Rooster sets off to see the world. Along the way he meets two cats, three frogs, four turtles, and five fish. Since Rooster has made no plans for food or shelter, as night falls his traveling companions go home. The book is illustrated with Carle's usual large, gorgeous collages. It worked very well with a group of forty preschoolers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suz on March 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
I like to check a book out from the library before deciding whether to purchase it. I love Eric Carle and own several of his books, however I won't be buying this one. The illustrations are beautiful as usual for Eric Carle, but the story sends the message of giving up when things get hard. As an avid traveler, I thought this would be a cute book about seeing the world, and it starts out that way, but the animals all give up and head for home when things get a little hard. I want to teach my children to be adventurous, take reasonable risks, never give up on their dreams,and explore the amazing world we've been given to enjoy. This book doesn't really promote those ideas. I suppose you could take the message as there's no place like home, but that's not what I was looking for. I'm going to skip this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. on May 27, 2014
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I didn't realize this was such a tiny little book. It's pretty much pocket sized. Can't recall if size was stated in the description, but perhaps I should have looked into it a little bit more.
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By valarie solosky on May 19, 2014
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This is another cute bedtime story (again, I bought this one because of the rooster on the cover. We have chickens and a rooster...)Eric Carle writes really cute children's book. My 6 year old will read this one to me at bedtime.
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By Dorothy V on February 12, 2014
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I got this for my daughter, whom I homeschool and this was used for the letter "R" week. She enjoyed it very much. It arrived on time via Amazon Prime. I have no complaints!
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By Arthur J. Press Md on February 4, 2014
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This is a gorgeous book which has the twin strengths of being an accessible story and also a counting book.
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