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The Very Quiet Cricket Hardcover – November 9, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The same lovely story of finding friendship but I was disappointed that it didn't have the chirping cricket sound at the end. Probably just my misunderstanding of library bindingPublished 1 day ago by good golly 63
The storyline was good however The condition of the book was not at the end of the story the cricket did not share due to dead battery in the book
Did not have time to return. Read more
Love the book. However the mechanism that triggered the cricket had been damaged. Replaced the battery and it works.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
That lovely cricket sound at the end of the book always puts me in a happy place...seems to do the same for my sweet grandson, too!Published 20 days ago by Ruby Tuesday
Bought used but the lights at the end of the book didn't work. If it would've said that in the description I wouldn't have bought it.Published 1 month ago by malia