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The Greedy Python (The World of Eric Carle) Board book – July 7, 2009

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ea. vol: illus. by Eric Carle. unpaged. CIP. Picture Book Studio, dist. by Alphabet Pr. Aug. 1985. pap. $3.95. PreSchool-Grade 2 Combining Buckley's original verse based on Aesop's themes with Carle's bold, vibrant collages creates a dynamic collaboration. Joined artistically for two allegorical tales, the duo blend their verbal and visual talents to create well-paced suspenseful fables. At times Buckley's terminology will elude his younger readers/listeners, but the metered message maintains a familiar pattern. Thus, integrated with the illustrations, the texts flow flawlessly in their interpretations of slow but safe and of greed. With typical aplomb Carle splashes the pages with greens, yellows, browns and blues, recreating many of his popular creatures. The foolish tortoise finds that although his shell may make him slow, it also protects him from preying animals and the elements. The greedy python, having made himself sick by gobbling up every animal in sight, finds that his last greedy gulp, his own tail, is his final gulp. Of the two tales, children will take more delight in the plight of the python due to its pervasive humor, yet both stories are painless prophets of moral values. Cathy Woodward, Lima City Schools, Ohio
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, NY,

and moved to Germany with his

parents when he was six years old. He

studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts

in Stuttgart before returning to the

United States, where he worked as a

graphic designer for The New York

Times
and later as art director for an international

advertising agency. His most well-known book, The

Very Hungry Caterpillar
, which was published in 1969

gained him immediate international recognition. Since

the Caterpillar was published, Eric Carle has illustrated

more than seventy books, including Papa,Please Get

the Moon for Me
and The Tiny Seed, and more than 88

million copies of his books have sold around the

world. In 2002, Eric Carle and his wife Barbara

founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in

Amherst, MA. Eric and Barbara Carle divide their time

between the Florida Keys and the hills of North

Carolina. For more information please visit:

www.eric-carle.com and www.carlemuseum.org.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: The World of Eric Carle
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Reissue edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416982906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416982906
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Carle is one of our favorite authors! This is another wonderful illustrated books in his beautiful style (like the hungry caterpillar).
The story is about a python that just keeps eating every animal he sees. The python wants to eat everything and is super greedy. Then he gets so big, he finally stops. The animals inside his belly kick, twist, trying to get out. The python feels sick and has to spit all the animals out.
Instead of learning his lesson about being greedy in the act of greed he mistakes his tail for another animal and eats himself.
My kids thought his book was hilarious. They laughed everytime the python ate more. Super cute book that has to be for 5 and up. I really don't think little children would understand the humor or the lesson. At least children less than 5 years old.
Overall, a cute read that I'm glad we have on our bookshelf!
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By A Customer on January 6, 1999
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Beginning reader in our house really likes this book as he uses the illistrations to "cue" him into the words. There are many subject areas that can be explored as a result of the book, reading, math, science...For an older child who is slower learning to read, this is excellent as there are multisyllable words and a 'story line' that holds their interest.
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What's not to love about Eric Carle? I love that there are now the paperback books instead of just board books so that my 1st grader can enjoy the books by herself without feeling like she's reading a "baby book"
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It a a cute book with a rhyming story. Of course, we've all come to expect great illustrations by Eric Carle and he doesn't disappoint with this one. It is an exaggerated lesson in greed that I really don't think my 2 yr old understands, he just loves that it is about a snake. The size of the book is really nice for my LO's small hands.
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I like Sric Carle, but not sure I really like this one. I am not offended that the python is greedy and I am not traumatized by the fact that his greed leads him to consume himself, literally, but I am just not sure this really "works" for the young audience it seems to be intended for.
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Note the phrasing "The World of Eric Carle" not "by Eric Carle" and be warned! This book bears the Ready-to-Read designation, which means the text is NOT the same as the classic, original Eric Carle version of "The Greedy Python". It's been dumbed-down significantly from the original; the charm and whimsy have been heavily altered by replacing the text with new (easier, and not necessarily improved) words.
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By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: Board book
I have 3 children, ages 5, 3 & 1. My two oldest think The Greedy Python is a funny book. The illustrations are awesome- as all of Eric Carle's work is. The story teaches a good lesson in selfishness and greediness. The greedy python is eating everything in sight and even after getting too full to hold anymore he sees one last thing to eat. He winds up gulping down his tail and eventually disappearing. It's a really good lesson for all children to learn. It's also easy reading.
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This book is nice to read aloud with great rhythm and rhyming and the fact that the art is by Eric Carle is just icing on the cake. My kids love the illustration of the snake after eating the elephant and the "surprise" ending. They don't really "get" the lesson yet, but enjoy the story all the same.
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