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The Very Quiet Cricket Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (November 9, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399218858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399218859
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cricket is born who cannot talk! A bigger cricket welcomes him to the world, then a locust, a cicada, and many other insects, but each time the tiny cricket rubs his wings together in vain: no sound emerges. In the end, however, he meets another quiet cricket, and manages to find his "voice." Children will love the repetitive text as they meet a steady parade of new creatures (including a "spittlebug, slurping in a sea of froth"); and of course they'll delight in the happy ending. This is one of a series of large (11.5 by 8.5 inches) format Eric Carle books with a mechanical twist: in this case, the quiet cricket bursts into (surprisingly authentic) electronic song as you turn the last page. (The battery is replaceable.) An amusement for the ears, but most of all--as ever, with Carle--a feast for the eyes. The colorful cut-paper illustrations are simply gorgeous, drawing you in even on the hundredth reading. (And there will be a hundredth reading, followed by many more.) (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr

From Publishers Weekly

A small cricket hatches "one warm day," and the other insects greet him. Though the little guy wants very much to respond, nothing happens when he rubs his wings together. Finally, as night falls, he spies another cricket and attempts to greet her. "And this time . . . he chirped the most beautiful sound that she had ever heard." As usual, Carle's art is lovely and his story is simple and satisfying. But this book has something The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider didn't have: an electronic chirping mechanism activated by the turning of the last page. Though the surprisingly realistic noise may get on parents' nerves, it will certainly intrigue and entertain its intended audience. Ages 3-6.
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Customer Reviews

Now this book is one of her favorites.
B.A. Buckwalter
This is my son's favorite book, we read it together every night before bed!
M. Bauserman
They wait patiently for the end of the story to hear the crickets chirp.
shark

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Board book
This is a wonderful book for children. The illustrations are colorful, and Carle's unique technique of introducing new vocabulary into the young child's mind is extraordinary! The various insects in their own individual portrait, create a distinct mood all of their own. The repetition makes it easy for children to interact and respond with the reader, which builds and develops in the child not only a sense of accomplishment, but also a personal identification with the written literature. Most of all, children are always fascinated by the "surprise" ending!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Swanson on August 23, 2004
Format: Board book
This was one of my first Eric Carle books. It's a very friendly book featuring a baby cricket, new to the world being greeted by a variety of friendly insects.

It's also a wonderful way to introduce children to many different kinds of insects, all wonderfully illustrated.

The story is written in a way where a poetic rhythm can be created easily that's carried from page to page to help with certain emphasis that builds expectation. That's seems to be the case with most of Erics books. Simple stories and repetition for emphasis.

Throught this story "the very quite cricket wants to say hello so he rubs his legs together and nothing happens not a sound!"

It ends with the very quite cricket meeting another cricket who is also very quiet. this time when he rubs his legs together you turn the page and here an actual cricket chirp which is sampled or synthisized onto a little chip with replaceble batteries inserted into the back cover controlled by a simple attachment thats activated when you turn the last page. Pretty cool! I love it and so do my kids!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on May 22, 2006
Format: Board book
Next to the Hungry Caterpillar this is one of our favourite books in the house, and a favourite Carle book. We have this in board book as we have had this book since my kids were babies. It is still popular as it is really also an early reader - recognising various animals in the garden (although not all are relevant)

This is about a cricket who makes no sound, he meets various other insects in his quest to find out what sound he makes, but he can't do anything.

Finally on the last page he meets another cricket, and makes a sound. The nice surprise is that there is a sensor and when you open that page the sensor sets off a lovely cricket sound (doesn't it remind you of summer nights)

Lovely illustrations, a bit of a quizzical looking cricket, but cut and appealing. Nice use of language and a simple idea which is easily followed through.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on April 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! I was reading some of the reviews. yes the bugs are difficult to say but this is how the child learns. My children love this story and the illustrations are every bit as good as all of Eric Carle books! My son loves bugs and this book!!! The ending is the best part so you will have to read and reread it many, many times. This book would make a wonderful addition to any childs library!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1998
Format: Board book
I read the book the Very Quiet Cricket upon the prodding of my sister who happens to be a pre-school teacher. She was preparing several synopses on Eric Carle books which would be printed in the programme of her school's forthcoming Reading Recital. My sister asked me to help her write the synopsis to this book as well as 3 other books. Eric Carle's storytelling in the Very Quiet Cricket caught my curiosity as different insects interacted with our hero page after colorful page. The story ended in a way which delighted me and gave me such respect for the lowly cricket. I discovered a beautiful love story in the book, a story of how awesome nature really is. For me, the chirping sound in the last page really became "the most beautiful sound I had ever heard".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms Diva on July 30, 2002
Format: Board book
this isn't a favorite of mine. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is better. The cricket's story isn't as interesting to the children I've worked with as the caterpillar's. The illustrations are vintage Carle - we all did love the pictures. And I like that he introduces new vocabulary for children, and the use of repitition is still there. Some of the bug names were even hard for a few of the adults, however. Overall, I'd say check this out from the library if your child is a fan of Carle's work and has already read The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If they love it, then you can think about buying it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Thomson on December 9, 2002
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
The Very Quiet Cricket is a great book, and while difficult, I suspect most children will like this much more than their parents suspect. Like all of Eric Carle's books, my son (2 ˝) loves The Very Quiet Cricket. The art is, as always, amazing, and he really enjoys repeating the phrases on each page. The formula seems to draw out his inquisitiveness; this book nearly always stimulates more enjoyment than others do. In particular, he enjoys the chirping sound the book makes when you turn to the last page. He'll ask to have the book read to him as many as four times in a row.
This is a challenging book for young kids, more so than many of Carle's others. I think the interesting insects and provocative words and sounds are part of why my son likes it so much. It may be some time before he really masters that vocabulary, but I love that Carle challenges his young readers in this way. I can unconditionally recommend this book.
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