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A Carousel Tale (Ernst)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Ernst loves the carousel near his house, and his favorite animal is the dog. When the dog’s wooden tail comes loose just before winter, Ernst is given the important job of keeping it safe until springtime.

But the tail looks sad sitting on Ernst’s shelf without its dog, and Ernst can’t help but try to cheer it up. It isn’t long before he has transformed the lonely tail int
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Hardcover, 38 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Tricycle Press
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Kathryn
I absolutely loved this "tale" about a carousel TAIL, the tale of a young Ernst and the wagging tail of his favorite carousel animal, the dog. Ernst loves the dog, especially because his tale wags--even though his older brother says it just wobbles because it is old and broken. Ernst is heartbroken when the carousel is put into storage for the winter, but as he leaves the fair he sees the dog's tail on the ground! The carousel owner kindly offers to let Ernst watch over the tail until next seaso ...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 08, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
You know, sometimes I question how easily I am entertained, but I really enjoyed this story. I read it because I liked another book about Ernst the crocodile: The Puddle Pail.

Ernst is imaginative and creative and artistic, and kind. The dog on the carousel would have been my favorite animal too. I love that Ernst and his brother Sol have a pet cat, and I love all their toys, I love that the carousel keeper is an elephant; I love everything in the book. I especially appreciate how Ernst’s creatio
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Naomi
An incredibly cute book that rewards creativity. The illustrations in this book were really cute and made it stand out. It is for the early grade school reader.
Dodie
Sep 17, 2008 Dodie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: public and school libraries, PreS-Grade 3
Kleven's illustrations are gorgeous, supporting a very sweet story about little blue crocodile Ernst's love for a wooden carousel dog. His favorite part, the wagging tail, falls off and he is asked to care for it over the winter. He adds some decoration to it, to keep the tail from "becoming lonely", and the tail is soon transformed into a beautiful bird. Ernst also has to overcome the pessimistic attitude of his big brother Sol, which has its own lesson.
Beth
Ernst adores riding the carousel. When they close the carousel for winter, he sees the tail of his favorite wooden dog. He is allowed to take care of it for the winter and decorate the tail to the point that it becomes his toy bird.
My favorite picture is when Ernst makes a carousel out of items in his room as it is colorful and cute.
Kris
Ernst transforms the wooden tail that has fallen from his favorite carousel animal into a bird. I like the bright, whimsical art, the grown-up who doesn't get mad at Ernst's creativity but instead helps Ernst with a solution, and the act of making cool art out of something another might see as junk.
Tricia
Children will feel the magic in this book about a carousel dog's tail and its transformation over the winter while in the care of Ernst the crocodile. The ending is sweet.
Sharon
A gift from our cousins for Tommy's third birthday. Beautiful watercolor illustrations for this story of a blue alligator and a carousel in the park.
Tommy
A gift from our cousins for Tommy's third birthday. Beautiful watercolor illustrations for this story of a blue alligator and a carousel in the park.
Danny
A gift from our cousins for Tommy's third birthday. Beautiful watercolor illustrations for this story of a blue alligator and a carousel in the park.
KMC
So clever and imaginative. Kleven consistently delivers cool stories that stand out from standard fare.
Deana
Beautiful illustrations and a very sweet story. Too long for baby storytimes, but might be good for pre-k.
Tam
Both my boys (ages 4 & 8) enjoyed this story about a little blue alligator who loved the carousel.
Mckinley
Not really sure what to make of this. I think it. I think it would happen like this too.
Naomi
Cute story for young kids that love animals and riding carousel's!
Tina
blue alligator, reuse, recycle, carousel, starred review
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Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 childrens picture books. Favorites with children and adults alike, Elisa's books have received awards and honors from the American Library Association, The New York Times , The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Her pictures from Abuela are part of a traveling show organized by the Minne ...more
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