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"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,669 ratings  ·  138 reviews
slowly, slowly, slowly?that?s the way the sloth moves. slowly, it eats and then, slowly, it falls asleep. what strange kind of creature is this? the other animals wonder. why doesn?t it run or fly or play or hunt like the rest of us? ?why are you so slow?? the howler monkey inquires. but the sloth doesn?t answer any questions until the jaguar asks, ?why are you so lazy?? A ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Sarah Sammis
The strange slow creatures of the rainforest have in recent years become cute characters for children. There's Snook from It's a Big, Big, World on PBS and the title character of Eric Carle's "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth.

Eric Carle's book has a foreword by Jane Goodall. In it she talks about her love for the unusual creatures and gives some basic facts about them. There are two species: two-toed and three-toed. They can rotate their heads 270 degrees. They sleep between fifteen and n
Lauren Fidler
this book drops the word "lackadaisical"

'nough said.
Nicky Bishop
The sloth moves very slowly and takes life very gently; all the other animals in the rainforest want to know why he is so slow, so quiet, so boring and so lazy.

I recently discovered Eric Carle’s ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth’ whilst working at Pearson Education. The book was given out as part of a book gifting scheme to reception aged pupils throughout England with the intention of encouraging young children to read.

This is a great book to encourage children to read and fantastic for a
Anyone who's ever read The Very Hungry Caterpillar will recognise the illustrations in Slowly. There's something really quite lovely about them. The story is repetitive (the sloth hangs all day and he hangs all night and each animal asks him why) which, while dull as an adult, actually suits the young child that the book is aimed at. The overall message of the book is rather nice - it appeals to that call for a better, calmer and more zen life. The sloth says:

"It is true that I am slow, quiet
Tania Degale
"Slowly, slowly, slowly", Said The Sloth, is a lovely story about a sloth in the Amazon. This book introduces children to unfamiliar exotic animals that they may not have encountered yet. As the Sloth goes on his journey through the Amazon, the other animals ask him questions like "why are you so slow?", "why are you so lazy?". This book gives you the opportunity to teach young children about asking questions. There is also a lot of repetition in this book which helps children to remember and re ...more
Martiah Rall
““Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth” by Eric Carle is an illustrated fiction book that was published in 2002. The idea of the book is to show diversity, that it is ok to be yourself, and to show a variety of different jungle animals. While minding his own business on a tree in a jungle in South Africa, a sloth is approached by a variety of animals such as a howler monkey, a caiman, an anteater, and a jaguar. Each one of the animals questioned his reasoning for being so lazy, quiet, boring, ...more
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The book “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle, is based on Amazon rain forest animals where in the rain forest, they watch the sloth ‘slowly, slowly, slowly’ crawl along a tree branch or ‘slowly, slowly, slowly’ eat a leaf. They ask the sloth, ‘Why are you so slow?’ but the sloth does not answer until the jaguar asks why he is lazy. The Sloth begins to explain to the Jaguar in the densest chunk of text, with an unexpected list of adjectives such as lethargic, placid, tranquil a
I really liked this book as it's quite surprising and clever.

The book is about a sloth. Various animals come up to the sloth asking why he's slow, and lazy, and sleeps all the time, and he doesn't really do much in response, other than hang in his tree.

There's a lovely repetition of language and ideas, and this format builds up until the last page, when the sloths responds with a wonderful monologue, which is incredibly articulate and intelligent.

The sloth may be slow, but we careful what you a
This story was really interesting and allowed children to learn something from the blurb at the end. We spoke about how other animals didn't understand the poor sloths habits and his way of life. It gave a good moral, that the children identified, that it doesn't matter what way we do things, we all are different and have different ways of doing things. Children spoke to their partners about the things they did different and how they thought the sloth felt. It inspired us all about other animals ...more
In this book, by Eric Carle, we follow the day-in-a-life of a sloth, which pretty much takes place on the same tree for the entire book. The repetition of, "slowly, slowly, slowly," throughout the book is a brilliant technique, which adds to the mood and reality of a sloth's life. Near the end, animals begin to question the sloth by asking him why he is slow, quiet, boring, lazy. Sloth's surprising answer will leave you loving him more!

"SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY," SAID THE SLOTH includes a foreward
An excellent story created by Eric Carle, great for our Early Years children. The book is about a Sloth, one of the fascinating creatures in the world who are not given much attention due to their slow behaviour and simple looks. This is exactly what the story is based on. A Sloth is found enjoying its life and doing what it does best, sleep. The book is great for beginners as it has a simple storyline which many kids enjoy reading. Having repetition and using simple vocabulary allows children t ...more
Eva Leger
Aug 02, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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After reading the first few pages of this atrociously boring book Julia looked at me and said "Mommy, this is the worst book we've ever read." My soon-to-be five-year-old daughter said that to me.
I felt like I was slowly, slowly, slowly, going out of my mind trying to finish this p.o.s. This has to be, hands down, in the top three most boring childrens books of all time for us. I'm flabbergasted that 91 people have rated this 5 stars. Where are they coming from? Someone let me in!
Slowly, slowl
Slowly, slowly, slowly, the sloth crawled along a branch of a tree. This took has lots of morals and values to it.

The story is about acceptance. Animals don't understand why the sloth is how he is and why he is 'quiet', 'boring', 'slow', 'lazy' and why he hangs in a tree all the time ? At the end of the story the sloth tells the animals ' that is just how I am. I like to do things slowly, slowly, slowly!'

This story is great for teaching children about how everyone is different and that not under
Scott Volz
An appealing concept book that introduces children to the creatures of the rain forest--the sloth obviously foremost--and speaks proudly to the character traits that make the world diverse and unique, Eric Carle's "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth incorporates the artist's characteristic formula of brightly-colored, expressionistic collage-animals and a story built around short sentences and repetition. The book seems especially suitable for youngsters new to narrative. The repetitive tex ...more
We picked this book up at our local library.

I have always been a big fan of Eric Carle, not only are his books easy to read to little kids, but heck they are just awesome.
In this story, you read about a sloth who is slow (which sloths normally are) and he gets asked all sorts of questions towards the middle end as to why he is lazy, slow and so forth. He has a response to those animals asking him these questions. I like the idea of the story just no need to rush enjoy everything in life. You can
I love this book. It makes me laugh every time, and it makes toddlers laugh, too!

The first several pages set the scene: "Slowly, slowly, slowly, the sloth..." (crawled along a branch, ate a leaf, fell asleep, and woke up). Over the next few pages, the sloth hangs upside down in the tree -- day, night, and during the rain. Then other animals start asking him why he is so slow / quiet / boring / lazy. The sloth thinks "for a long, long, long time" and finally replies that he is slow, quiet, boring
Allyson Sparks
This is a short book about a sloth. A sloth isn't a typical animnal, but I believe it is still an interesting animal for kids. The story explains what the sloth does everyday, and each page starts out saying "slowly, slowly, slowly," because he does things slowly. Other animals begin to ask him why he is so slow, quiet, boring, and lazy. The sloth finally defends himself by saying that is just how he does things. He mentions all of his qualities, but looks at them in a positive way because that ...more
Jessica Minnoia
This book is about the sloth going through his daily activities very slowly. The first part of the book repeats slowly, slowly, slowly each times it tells of the sloth completing an activity. Finally one day an animal asked the sloth why is he so slow and other animals began to question his behaviors as well. The sloth finally answers and explains that's just how I do things.
This book could address the social issue of being different and accepting differences in others. The illustrations are v
Kylie Hodgson
I absolutely love everything about Eric Carle. This book is no exception. The story is about a day in the life of a sloth as all his friends pass by him and wonder why he is different than everyone else. This is a great book for teaching children about differences and how to treat others.
As usual the illustrations are amazing and after watching a video about how he creates these images it is absolutely astonishing to see such intricate images created from colored paper.
My favorite animal is a sloth, so I liked reading this book to Tikka at 5 months. The other animals hiding in the pictures were fun to ID as I have seen many of them in the tropics with my own eyes. Not sure the illustrations completely captured Tikka's attention, but may try again when she is older because I liked them. Good vocab when the sloth finally speaks up.

1.This story gives an excellent opportunity to introduce to children many different animals that are native to the amozon and are close to extintion
2.The last page of this story gives loads of new vocabulary that describes the sloth.
3.The pictures give a wonderful example of what many of the animals that inhabit the amozon might look like.

Learning Acitvity

There are many extended activities that I could use for this story. The activity that comes to mine is a litaracy graph. This will be conducte
Christie Lee
A childhood must read! The illustrations are vibrant and amazing. This is a lovely story about a sloth and the other creatures in the rain forest that encounter him. Some repetitive language makes this a fun book for early readers to read. In the back of the book, there is an glossary that names all of the different species of animals in the story, and describes a little about each.

Eric Carle is a beloved children's author whose stories and colorful illustrations can be found on the shelves of just about every public library and in the private collections of children around the world. His many titles include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Walter the Baker, and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle. In "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth, children are once again introduced to colorful animals that encourage one to be one's self.

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Slowly slowly slowly - everything the sloth does is slow. Other animals wonder why.

repeating text - slowly slowly slowly - great for pre-readers to join in. Introduces what is a sloth - an unfamiliar animal to many kids.
Kindal Kottman
Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of the best I have ever read by him. Slowly, Slowly,Slowly is a story written about the life of a Sloth. Even the the sloth may be slow Eric finishes the book with a wonderful message we all should consider. We all live in a fast pace life and want more material things like phones, and computers. The sloth on the other hand takes time to lay back and enjoy life. This book has a great message for children and of course Eric's illlustra ...more
We can learn from the sloth. Juxtapose with a book about a speedy animal? Then do a fast/slow movement activity.
 Barb Bailey
This is a great and colorful children,s book that tells how it ok when animals are different.
Slowly, slowly, slowly said the sloth.
Written By: Eric Carle
Illustrated By: Eric Carle
Book type: Fable
“Slowly ,slowly, slowly said the sloth” Is a story about a sloth in this book Eric tries to show how slow sloths are, but he does it by depicting the colorful beauty of the tropical rainforest, habitat for more than half of the world's plants and animal species. In the back of the book there is a list of names and pictures of all the animals that visit the slow.
Learning extension for Grades 1-5
Beautiful bright pictures with simple text will keep the little folk captivated
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