Posts Tagged ‘Eric Carle’

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours.

This book about animals and colours was in our ‘Bookstart’ pack that we received earlier this year and it’s my almost 3 year old’s book of the moment. It’s read at least half a dozen times a day and is the book of choice for bed time. I’ve found Joshua on the stairs, ‘reading’ it to himself having memorised much of the text which is very simple rhyming and captures and keeps his attention: ‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me’. We can talk about the picture and learn about the colour of the animals but often though, Joshi just can’t wait to get on to the next page and so we keep the flow of the rhyming text going.

My 14 month old loves to listen along to my voice, smiling and laughing as the tone changes and then repeats. He also enjoys pointing and laughing at the pictures. I love Eric Carle’s illustrations, which are large, very fun and brightly coloured.

Verdict: This is a really fun book. It’s great for learning about different animals and colours, but we’ve also enjoyed the rhyming aspect and the fact that Joshua has been learning to ‘read all myself’ due to the simply written text.

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: April 1999 (new ed.)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Book
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

A Much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and its deceptively simple, hopeful story. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore, this is a richly satisfying book for children.

This charming little story makes a regular appearance during our family’s bedtime routine. The book is the perfect length, long enough to promote pre sleep wind down and short enough to tolerate the request for an encore!

The story is simple, with lots of the repetition that young children enjoy. In addition to promoting numeracy we have used the book to explore night and day, colours, days of the week and even healthy eating.

Ava(3 ¾) has shown a renewed interest in The Very Hungry Caterpillar story since studying and observing the life cycle of butterflies at preschool. She delights in relating the plot to her experiences.

Although our book shelf houses both the paperback and board book version, it is the sturdy board book which gets the most attention. While all of the additions contain the die cut pages and the irresistible finger holes, the size of the board book version and the thickness of the pages promote independence.

Seth (22m) delights in being able to hold the book himself and turn the pages, sometimes at the determent to the story as he races to his favourite page to point out the “cake, cake, cake”! As a parent I’m happy to allow him to explore without the fear of torn or creased pages. Safe in the knowledge that the book will withstand the attention of the baby wipe the inevitable sticky fingerprints will necessitate.

Verdict: This colourful classic is an essential addition to any young family’s bookshelf.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: Sept 1994 (new ed.)
Format: Board Book
Pages: 26
Genre: Picture Books
Age: Picture Books
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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