- Age Range: 4 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)
- Board book: 32 pages
- Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545392551
- ISBN-13: 978-0545392556
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,499 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.
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However... I really think the cricket does not get enough credit! In fact, Gerald almost becomes a bit cocky in the end, as if he had achieved this feat of realizing his potential all by himself, when, in fact, without the cricket he still wouldn't believe in himself. And here I think the book misses a great opportunity to emphasize the value of friendship, empathy, and helping others.
Luckily, this can be fixed very easily. I therefore added a final rhyme to the book that I think adds to the value. I hope others may find it useful as well. It goes as follows:
Just sometimes we need a friend to help,
to find out song and tune.
And to the cricket Gerald said:
I found mine, thanks to you!
I have only purchased the board book, and it has held up very well over the past 2 years. It's about 29 pages long and very sturdy.
It helps children with rhyming words, which are
so important for reading readiness. It is a great
vocabulary builder, introducing them to jungle animals which they may not be. It mentions
various types of ballroom dances and shows
funny illustrations of the animals performing them.
It also reinforces the lesson to believe in yourself
and it’s okay to be different.