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Eric Carle's Animals Animals

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,006 ratings  ·  64 reviews
From leaping, flying fish to dancing butterflies, and camels that "trollop along," Eric Carle's brilliant and colorful collage designs bring to life animal poems from such diverse sources as Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky, as well as Bible verses, Japanese haiku, American Indian poems and more. This celebration of the wonde ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published August 17th 1989)
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Abbie Shawano
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-I loved all aspects of this poetry book! The illustrations and the diverse poem structures were a great way to teach children about different types of poetry. I think that Eric Carle's take on poetry throughout this book was perfect. "Animals Animals" includes information on just that, animals, and it does it in a new and exciting way. The illustrations are bright and vibrant. There is a new and exciting animal on every page, making it that much more enjoyable.


-This b
Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of poems about animals by various poets. Eric Carle has illustrated the book and like all his work they are colorful and beautiful. I really enjoyed the variety of poems included in the collection. It has some poems that were obviously written for kids and others that were not necessarily written for kids. One of my favorites was "Bat" by D.H. Lawrence. It describes a bat flying through the air and compares it to "a black glove thrown up at the light, ...more
Eric Carle uses bright colors and exciting poems in his book, animals animals. The book tells about several different stories in animal poems including fish, butterflies, and camels. The poems used in the book represent a variety of poems including those of Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, Jack Prelutsky, haikus, and many more. Eric Carle’s idea for bringing this book together was to celebrate the variety and diversification of animals on earth, which is exactly what he did. With each animal in the ...more
Mallori Allphin
Eric Carle uses bright colors and exciting poems in his book “Animals, Animals”. This book tells about several different creatures, such as flying fish and dancing butterflies. He uses several different exotic animals to portray his message. This allows students imagination to soar. They could color pictures of their own favorite animals using the same bright and fun technique that Eric Carl uses. This book could be used several different ways in a classroom. A very effective lesson plan would ...more
Courtney Dyer
Eric Carle’s lively tissue paper and painted collage artwork brings to life this whimsical collection of poems that includes lyrical pieces from the Bible, Shakespeare, Japanese haiku, African Pygmy, and Pawnee Indian as well as pieces from well-known authors such as Lewis Carroll, Judith Viorst, Jack Prelutsky, Rudyard Kipling, and many, many more.

This book was the second book I read within the genre of poetry. I liked it a lot better than the first one I chose. If you love Eric Carle’s illustr
Kristin Forman
Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of poetry from diverse sources such as the Bible, Shakespeare, Japanese haiku, African Pygym, Pawnee India, Eugene Field, Lewis Carroll, and many more. Carle illustrates the pieces in a vibrant and brilliant way. The collection is all about different animals. I would recommend this to any teacher to read aloud with their children because the poems are diverse and the illustrations are a beautiful touch. My favorite poem is called, "My Opinion" from Mo ...more
Madison Godfrey
Animals, Animals, uses bright colors and exciting poems in his book “Animals, Animals”. This book tells about several different creatures, such as flying fish and dancing butterflies. This book could be used several different ways in a classroom. A very effective lesson plan would be to have each student choose an animal of their interest and research about them. Once they have prepared enough information, they could make a small presentation to the class. Carle’s use of exciting images and stor ...more
Mrs. Crosland
Eric Carle is one of my all time favorite authors and this book on poetry does NOT disappoint. As a matter of fact, it is potentially my new favorite of all of his books!! Each page has a different animal - animals of all kinds - and they each have a poem by various authors.

This book would be a fun way to incorporate a science lesson into teaching kids to write their own poems. I would use this book as inspiration to teaching kids to write a poem about their favorite animal. Eric Carle books ar
Melissa Hazelbaker
Wonderful book, beautiful illustrations! This is one that I was given for my library when I graduated from OU and I am so fortunate to have it. Eric Carle uses poems from many famous authors, such as Dickinson, Kipling, and Shakesphere. It gives beautiful illustrations to the beautiful creatures we share this earth with and the text is easy to read. Great for all ages, from preschool all the way up. If there is one poetry book that you need to read, I recommend Animals, Animals, you will not be ...more
Gracie Guagenti
A compilation of poetry taken from the Bible, Shakespeare, and others. These poems were unfamiliar to me yet weren't intimidating when told next to Eric Carle's familiar collage work. I enjoyed reading this book to my daughter and she (only 9mo old) enjoyed the illustrations. The colorful artwork would be a good way to use this book in a preschool classroom. Children could recreate these works of art or could create new ones based on these poems. This collection is lengthy with around 74 animals ...more
We picked this book up from our local library.

When I picked this book up I thought it would be a great read for K and myself. But it didn't seem to hold K's interest within the book being as it is poems. He likes an actually story. For him I guess the poems and rhyming didn't really keep him wanting to read more. I do love this author's work but this book just didn't keep us wanting to read. For those that like poems by different authors then I say give this book a go you may like it, but it was
Eric Carle's collage style is beloved by many, and the illustrations in this anthology are engaging and colorful. Indexing in the back assists readers with finding animals they are studying.

Poems collected by Laura Whipple feature a variety of sources and styles ranging from Shakespeare to Kipling to the Bible to Japanese haiku to American Indian poems and anonymous contributions.

This book has won numerous awards and is highly recommended by several sources we consult in building our reading li
Mandy J. Hoffman

Eric Carle is known for his unique illustrations and this book continues on with the bright colors and sometimes silly pictures. Animals Animals is full of just what you would expect - animals! Ocean-living animals, dessert-living animals, jungle-living animals, zoo-living animals, barn-living animals and more are all found in the 88 pages of this book. However, rather than have a traditional storyline to it, each page holds one more poems.

Now, if you are a poetry-loving person you wil
My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. As a fan of Eric Carle's artwork style, I was excited to share this book with my son. This book is full of beautiful animal artwork by Carle, but this is not a typical Carle book. This is a collection of his artwork matched to poetry by a variety of authors. The poetry is extremely varied: William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, cultural proverbs, and sayings. There are many wonderful poems included. I love sharing poetry with my ...more
Rachel Dalton
This is an awesome book of poetry! The illustrations are all done by Eric Carle, but the variety of animal poems included in this collection are written by various authors. I might use this book to have children work on poetry writing and visualization when writing and reading.
I enjoyed reading the different poems about all the different animals! I think this book is very educational and would be a good book to have in my classroom. A few of my favorite poems were "every insect" and "long gone". I liked the one about the insects because I think it does a good job of providing a simple lesson on insects by explaining how "every insect (ant, fly, bee) is divided into three" one head, one chest, one stomach part." I enjoyed "long gone", which discusses dinosaurs because ...more
I really enjoyed reading the different poems about different animals. I would read this book to my students because it helps teach kids about different animals, but doesn't do it by just giving a descriptive paragraph and does it by making a poem out of each animal. I enjoyed the poem about butterflies and loved how it described the butterfly as being "a caterpillar dressed up." It makes you think long and hard about the description being made about that animal and really keeps you interested in ...more
Animals Animals has no plot, but has a collection of poems from many writers. Most of the poems are more about the feelings about the animals and less about the educational history of the animals.

The pictures are relatively low quality. The content is less valuable to young readers than the rhythm of poem-reading given for young children. Even still, there are some accurate tidbits of information given on the animals.

After, or perhaps before, reading this book, students can pick one of the anim
NY, Penguin Group, 1989
This is another wonderful, beautifully illustrated book from Eric Carle. I love his books and, as a poetry lover, am pleased to have found this one. It's a compilation of poetry with animals as the theme. There are contributions from many famous poets and it includes different types of poems. I would use this in my instruction to explore the genre of poetry. It could also be used in an author compare/contrast lesson. I would like to own a copy; it would be great for stude
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Mama read this to me over the course of a few story times. I loved the short poems and colorful animals.
Jessica L.
I believe that I have a different version then the other people reviewing this book.

The book tells you the name of the animal in English and Spanish. Then it uses the word in a sentence in both languages.

It also has a slide so that you can switch the picture and see the word in English or Spanish.

Themes: English and Spanish language, nature

This would be good to use with young children to make them aware of words in other languages. It would also be a welcome addition to a elementary school "cla
Lisa Overberg
Eric Carle's anthology includes haiku, poems, and indigenous sayings that celebrate the diversity of the Earth's animals. Readers will recognize his colorful artwork, with large pictures of most creatures covering two pages. Young readers will enjoy the word play and repetition during oral reading. They will be surprised by Charles Causley's "'Quack!' Said the Billy Goat," when the animals mix up their sounds after the farmer lays an egg. Laura Whipple compiled the poems for this IRA "Teacher's ...more
A beautifully illustrated (in Eric Carle fashion) collection of poems. Great for getting some poetry in while the children are looking at the pictures.
My mom purchased this for my children and we just finished it. It's not Carle's typical picturebook - it's instead a longer book of poems. As a librarian, I am generally against harming a book in any way, but, man, I want to cut out some of these layouts and frame them! Both artwork adn poetry are beautiful! These are collected poems by varied authors and the only reason I docked a star is because I felt some of them might have been over the heads of the intended audience. Wonderful, wonderful g ...more
Bunch of text to accompany typical Carle style animals. Along the lines of Mother Goose variety.
Katie Spencer
Eric Carle is known for his unique illustrations and once again in “Animals Animals” he is brilliant. He continues to use he bright colors and somewhat like collage style to exemplify each animal in more detail. Rather than having a traditional storyline to this book, each page holds a poem about a specific animal. Some of my favorites were the elephant, giraffe, and the electric eel. This would be a great book for a classroom to expose children to poetry because the poems are rhyming and fun at ...more
This one is a hard book for me to review. My children loved the pictures as much as they have in his previous books, but they didn't like the poems. Maybe it's my fault for not reading more poetry to them previous to this. They listened to a few of the poems, but most of the time they just looked confused and didn't let me finish so they could turn the page to look at the next picture. I think that I will introduce more poetry to their reading and then go back and try this one again.
Apr 10, 2013 Fjóla rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry for kids
The pictures are great of course, just as you would expect, some look very familiar as we've seen this animals before in Eric Carle's other books. My son didn't care all that much about the poetry, but his favorite (and partly thanks to the illustrations) was "Quack!" Said the Billy Goat.
I would have given it four stars, but some of the prose and poems were just so weird. Like the one about what barnyard animals say. And the Birthday Cow was just stupid. Also, I'm not a fan of the artwork.

Some of the haikus and ancient/religious sayings were very good.

Overall it does not seem like a very good book for kids, at least not those under eight.
Jen Roark
Animals Animals by Eric Carle is an awesome book for so many reasons. First, it collaborates many small poems and quotes into one book. These words are accompanied by amazingly animated illustration that that brings the words to life. It is interesting and clever and it makes helps children be exposed to a new format of reading and analyzing literature.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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