- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 38 pages
- Publisher: Tricycle Press (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582462399
- ISBN-13: 978-1582462394
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Carousel Tale Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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PreSchool-Grade 2—The star of Ernst (1989) and The Puddle Pail (1997, both Dutton) returns in another charming adventure. The young blue crocodile loves the carousel at the park, always choosing to ride the "honey-colored dog." One fall day, he's sad to see that the carousel has been covered up until spring. While walking home, he finds the dog's tail, which had fallen off, and the carousel keeper lets him take it home for safekeeping. To Ernst, the tail looks lonely, and he decides to "cheer it up" by painting on a face and pasting on feathery wings. Though his older brother reminds him he will have to clean up the tail-turned-bird when he returns it, Ernst plays creatively with it throughout the winter. When spring comes, he's thinks he will be in trouble, but the carousel keeper appreciates art and tells Ernst to take the bird for a ride. The dog is still without a tail, but Ernst soon finds a perfectly shaped stick on the ground, and he and the carousel keeper sand it, varnish it, and attach it. Kleven's dreamy mixed-media collages add depth to this gentle tale of creativity and resourcefulness. The author effectively depicts the interplay between Ernst's gentle introversion and his brother's grouchy pragmatism, with Ernst's creative vision winning out in the end. A good conversation starter on the nature of art and the art of nature.—Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD
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In this companion to Ernst (1989) and The Puddle Pail (1997), Ernst, a young blue crocodile, loves riding the wooden dog on the carousel, and he is sad when the carousel is closed for the winter, especially when he finds the dog’s tail, which has fallen off. The carousel operator tells Ernst to take care of the tail until spring. Ernest decorates the tail with paper and paint and creates a beautiful bird, which becomes his playmate and beloved companion. But what to do when the carousel opens again? Does he return the tail? The clear, colorfully detailed, collage pictures celebrate the transforming power of art. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman
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Both Carousel and Piñata are strong titles; however having read both of them, Piñata is the stronger of the two because the storyline flows more naturally, albeit aided by Mexican tradition. I wish that I had followed my own advice of borrowing the book from the library prior to my purchase.
Lilah (teacher in Watsonville, CA)