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Rooster's Off to See the World

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,174 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Striking illustrations in glowing colors enhance a simple tale about a rooster who impulsively sets out on a journey and is joined in turn by two cats, three frogs, four turtles, and five fish. . . . Counting boxes in the upper corners of the pages recording the presence of each set of animals as they join the trek and their absence as they leave it, make this a graphic le ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published 1971)
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Lindsey Bishop
Shows animals coming and going. Pictures look like brown bear book pictures. Unique and colorful.
This was beautiful and colorful and I absolutely loved how much detail went into the drawing of the characters. Rooster definitely learns his lesson about straying to far from home with no plan, goals, or sense of ambition. haha It was a cute story and most definitely one that I would read again.
Trent Ross
So... I hate to spoil a predictable kids book but: I thought the roster should have followed through on his plan. What kind of lesson is this teaching children that you can just decide to do something and then not do it? Won't always have that luxury in life. If you make a plan don't back out half way. See it through. Come on Eric Carle I expected better from you.
Mar 17, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We love Eric Carle's way of teaching subject matter (numbers/math, colors, etc) with fun, light stories that kids can relate to.
May 04, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter thought that she was really grown up when she could both read and do the maths in this book.
Katie Lewellen
Dec 13, 2012 Katie Lewellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has become one of my favorite authors. This tale has a wonderful story line. This would be a perfect book to help teach counting to students.
Colleen McCormack
A fun book with really fun pictures! I liked that this book incorporated other animals for kids to learn, as well as teaching them numbers and how to count, which is a lot of fun for one book to do.
Carle uses a lot of direct speech between the animals especially to express their thoughts and feelings of going on a trip with rooster and consequently returning home again. This is a picture book which involves counting, very useful for early years.
Kimberlee Gutterman
This book was interesting because there were pictures stacked in squares with varying quantities according to the illustrations of the animal and the quantity of the animals mentioned in the story on the page before. I found this illustration style to be very unique and I really liked it. This makes it easy for young children to follow along with the story and to feel more engaged in the text. The plot in this story was very good. I think the children will really like this book because the roost ...more
I love books from Eric Carle. This book was about a Rooster who wants to go on a journey, and he asks his animal friends to join him. The only problem is that his friends don't stick around long when they get hungry and tired. All of his animal friends leave him and he is by himself. He soon cannot stand it and heads home. He is sad that he will not get to go on an adventure and see the world, but when he goes to sleep he sees the world so he is happy. My favorite part of this book was how the p ...more
Samantha Westall
A rooster wants to see the world, his friends join him. But they don't get very far before they turn back home.
Christina Leone
Carle, Eric (1972). Written and illustrated by Eric Carle. This bold, bright and beautiful with its collage type cut-out illustrations of various animals keeps young readers looking for what is coming next. It begins with one rooster, followed by two cats, 3 bright green frogs, four green and brown turtles, and so on. He captures all the creatures very young (infant to very early elementary school) children like to see. This is a great book to begin introducing the counting process as well as se ...more
Jazzmarie Vedrine
Eric Carle has now become one of my favorite children's authors. I would not have caught his concept in this book, if I did not read his short synopsis about it. This book is based on the concept of math; addition and subtraction. This book was designed to introduce this through the use of the animals going on a journey. I loved it and would use this book to help with introducing math and in a fun way to children.

This book could be used in addition to other teaching tools a
Ali Wilcox
Sep 12, 2012 Ali Wilcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: counting-book
I absolutely love this book. Everything you could want in a counting book, this book has it. Some counting books seem to lack a good story, but "The Rooster Who Set Out To See the World" definitely does not. I love the story-line of this book and think many kids would too. While reading this story I always was wondering what kind of animals the rooster was going to pick up next. This could be a good things for kids to do as well as they are reading. One thing I extremely liked was that not only ...more
Sharlet Mullen
The book "Rooster's Off to See the World" by Eric Carle is a good book for children. It has colorful pictures and also is a good reader for kids to read on their own. In the upper right corner of the pages is a counting up grid, as each animal joins the journey the grid grows. Half way through the book as the traveling animals get discouraged, hungry and scared the grid moves to the upper left corner as it counts down the animals as they leave.
I love the colorful rooster in the story all the ot
Livvie Esslinger
This is a tale about a rooster who wants to see the world. He hadn't been on the road for long, before he became lonely. So, after picking up two cats to accompany him on his venture, he also invites an assortment of numbered animals he meets along the way. When they all depart and go home, rooster is lonely again and goes home as well.

I have always been a HUGE fan of Eric Carle's work. He not only writes his books, but illustrates them as well. His pictures are somewhat abstract, but have alwa
Hannah Evilsizor
I love everything that Eric Carle does. I think that the illustrations and the writing are great. I was very happy to find a beginner book of his. The genre of this book is fiction but it is also cumulative. More and more animals join the cat to see the world. This book would be good to work on retelling in small groups or in an individual basis. The pictures are a big help as to what some of the hard words might be such as some of the animals. The basis of the book is that the Rooster goes all ...more
Sara Bland
Apr 23, 2015 Sara Bland rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
The little rooster off to see the big world! This is a sweet little picture book about a rooster who wants to travel the world and take his friends with him. Along the way, though, they end up cold and hungry and they all go back home and leave the poor rooster by himself. After a while the rooster realizes what he has at home and changes his mind. The rooster then has a great thing happen to him in which he ends up seeing all of the wonderful things in the world anyway. I would recommend this b ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Emerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic tale of what happens if you don't plan your vacations well (so my mom says). A story of regret (so my dad says). What do I say? READ IT AGAIN, because I like frogs, fish, turtles, cats, and most of all, the rooster. This book has a bit more pathos than the average Eric Carle, because poor rooster just doesn't think things through before he heads off on his grand adventure. He meets some new friends on the way, and even though he doesn't see much of the world, he's learned some importan ...more
Melissa Holt
This book teaches many lessons to young children and is a great book to read during story time. This book can teach social and emotional development due to the rooster being so lonely in the beginning of the book. I see this book as an all in one lesson to teach children because, not only does it have social and emotional development in it, it also has: math, colors, animals, movement, manners, and encouragement. You could have the children dance to this book if there were music. I love how the ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations in vivid colors tell the story of a rooster who sets off to see the world. Rooster doesn't get very far when he becomes lonely and meets two cats whom he invites to join him. The two cats are soon joined by three frogs, four turtles, and five fish. Up to this point, each two-page spread features just the animals, along with the text and, in the upper right corner, a block diagram of the number of animals. However, once it begins to get dark, the animals reconsider their d ...more
Anna Venanzi
Rooster wants to explore and find and travel the world. Along his journey he runs into two cats, three frogs, four turtles, and five fish. By one by one his new friends decided to head home because the weather was too cold, tired, and hungry. As they continue walking everyone went home, first it was the five fish, four turtles, three frogs, and than two cats. Rooster was alone again, but he figured the next day he would continue his adventure.
Type of Book: Picture book and Primary
Rating: four
Madelyn Adams
Personal Reaction:
I thought this was an okay book. I enjoyed the illustrations because they were by Eric Carle who also wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I think it a decent story line, but it was still very simple

This would be a good independent reading book for students in Kindergarten or preschool. A lot of the words in the book included sight words. Having a lot of sight words in this book helps reinforce the basic vocabulary for students. The book has a simple plot of the rooster w
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Laura Mincey
Feb 03, 2011 Laura Mincey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
Eric Carle does a great job writing a creative story and using math within the plot. The main character, Rooster plans to see the whole world, but doesn't want to go alone. So, he sets off on his journey to find friends to help him along the way. He runs into one animal, then two, then three, and so on. After he has a large group of different animals with him to travel the world, they all decide the journey is too hard to take--there's nowhere to sleep and it's too cold! So the animals return ba ...more
Bonnie Chang
Rooster is off to see the world and gathers companions as he travels. First rooster meets one animal, then two, next three and so forth. Children will love prediction what animals will join rooster next and how many. Eventually when the band of animals realize that they are unprepared for the journey to see the world they all slowly begin to wander back home. Children will have a wonderful time counting the animals as they join the roosters and counting down the animals as they all go home. This ...more
I found this book on a sale table, and of course snapped it up. (Eric Carle!) Saturday, my youngest granddaughter spent the day with me, and I got to read it to her. She’ll be three this summer, can already count past ten, so it was perfect. A rooster is lonely and wants to go for a walk. Along the way he meets a few animals and invites them to come along. It’s a counting book with beautiful full-of-life colorful collages (Eric Carle) and a repeat book. First there are two cats, then three frogs ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Asho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed out on reading this Eric Carle book when I was a kid, but I'm glad I discovered it in time for my son to enjoy it. The illustrations are beautiful. I love Carle's paintings, I found them absorbing as a child and still do today. This book has a neat story, too. Rooster gradually collects friends for his trip around the world and then must say goodbye to them as they decide not to go traveling after all. It's all about addition and subtraction. The only reason this isn't 5 stars f ...more
Jane Sanchez
The first thing I can say is about the illustration and how beautiful it was. I have read a couple books of Eric Carle and he always has bright colored images that I enjoy looking at. The reason I rate this book a two is because I don't like the message the story sends, I understood the message as giving up when things get hard. For example, when all the animals all give up and head for home when things get a little hard. I wouldn't want to teach children that but to be adventurous, take reason ...more
Sara Larson
May 20, 2013 Sara Larson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Informational/Modern fantasy
Age: 5 and up
Summary: One day, a rooster wakes up and decides that he wants to travel the world. Along the way, he meets several animal friends who join him on his adventure. After traveling for awhile, the rooster begins to miss his comfortable perch and daily meal. He decides to go back home. Eric Carle's unique art appears on every page of this story.
Reflection: This is a book I have read to my kids, and we all love it. I pretty much love all of Eric Carle'
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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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