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The Very Quiet Cricket
 
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Eric Carle
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The Very Quiet Cricket

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  13,035 ratings  ·  196 reviews
A cricket is born who cannot talk! A bigger cricket welcomes him to the world, then a locust, a cicada, and many other insects, but each time the tiny cricket rubs his wings together in vain: no sound emerges. In the end, however, he meets another quiet cricket, and manages to find his "voice." Children will love the repetitive text as they meet a steady parade of new crea...more
32 pages
Published (first published 1990)
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Henry
Like all of Eric Carle's books, the illustrations are immediately recognizable as his, while the text builds in the familiar, repetitive style that he often uses. I'm not sure if this one has a broader "message" that some of the others do (i.e., The Ouchy Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider) but maybe I'm missing something.
Crystal Bandel
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, published 1990.

Fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 1.

Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Starr LaTronica.

One day, a cricket is born, and he goes out into the world, meeting new insects who all make noises in greeting to him. Unfortunately, when he rubs his wings together, he doesn't make a sound. This continues throughout the book, every time the cricket meets a new insect, until he meets a lovely female cricket at the end. When the final page is t...more
Rebecca Jones
In “The Very Quiet Cricket,” Eric Carle takes the reader on a journey through a cricket’s eyes. A little cricket hatches from an egg and wants to make noise with his wings, but he can’t. As he keeps trying to make a sound, he meets a variety of other insects, until the end when he meets another cricket and something magical happens!

I think Carle uses words strategically in “The Very Quiet Cricket.” He repeats three sentences on nearly every page, nine times in all, “The little cricket wanted to...more
Matthew Hunter
I like Eric Carle. So does Sigourney. His colorful textured artwork (paint and collage?) makes us both happy. And the story of a cricket finding its chirp is cute. But I found a couple of things annoying. First, Carle (or his publicist?) inflates the importance of his story: "In The Very Quiet Cricket Mr. Carle chooses a lowly insect as the hero, but beyond the simple story of a cricket finding his voice, it is a story 'about love and survival of all living things--crickets and humankind.'" Real...more
Alexa Maring
I read this book countless times as a child. I can remember getting ready for bed and waiting patiently for the sound of the cricket. The anticipation of seeing if the quiet cricket will make a noise captivates the students as they are engaged and listening for the cricket to chirp. Eric Carle's books are wonderful for sequencing lessons and this book does not disappoint. Students can share the order in which the animals tried to speak to the cricket and can even create their own book. Again, Ca...more
Chelsea Cameron
A Very Quiet Cricket is written by Eric Carle and is one of his most famous books that he has written. After I read this book I had a fuzzy feeling in my stomach. It is definitely a perfect “feel good” book for young kids. The book is also very informative for young kids as it takes the read from insect to insect describing their different characteristics and behavioral methods. The story mainly focuses on the little cricket who rubs his wings together every time he meets new insect friends. At...more
Lindsey
The very quiet cricket is one of Eric Carle’s most famous books. The story is about a cricket that does not make any sounds when he says hello to his friends. All of the quiet cricket’s friends, including a worm, a praying mantis, a spittle bug, a bumblebee, a dragonfly, mosquitoes, and a moth, greet the very quiet cricket. But, the quiet cricket only rubs his wings together, still remaining silent. Soon, another cricket comes by and sits next to the quiet cricket. The other cricket sits there i...more
Morgan Hawkins
I loved reading The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. It is a very good book that shows you lots of insects and the sounds that they make. The book starts with the little cricket hatching rom his egg and then going on an adventure. He meets many insects ho all stop and say hello the little cricket tries to say hello back but he cant. Until the end of the book, he meets ankther cricket, same size and all, he tries one more time to say hello and this time it works! The book makes it even better be...more
Katie
this was such a calming book to read, we even watched the video. it has such a nice calm feel to it. great for if you are exploring different types of bugs. After this book and watching the video with it, we talked about kinds of bugs we see outside at our school and if we have ever seen any at home. I also included what types of buys can be dangerous! ahh
Heather
This was charming, but almost every book in the library was broken so we couldn't hear the cricket sounds at the end. It was worth it though to look through a bazillion so we could find one that worked.

Lovely little story, lovely little moral, lovely, lovely, lovely.
Madison Godfrey
The Very Quiet Cricket is one of Eric Carle’s most famous books that many children in the United States are familiar with. It is about a cricket that does not make a sound with his friend say hello to him. All of his friends include different insects that greet the very quiet cricket; however, he only rubs his wings together and does not say a word. The bugs that say hello to the cricket include a locust, a praying mantis, a worm, a spittlebug, cicada, bumblebee, dragonfly, mosquitos, and a Luna...more
Allie
This book is about a cricket that rubs his wings together to communicate with other animals. Each time he rubs his wings together there is no sound that comes out. In the end when he rubs his wings together it finally works. It is easy for the kids to follow along and understand what is going on throughout the story. His pictures are very eye catching with many colors and they have many aspects to them. Besides the pictures another thing that really stood out to me was how he added sound into hi...more
Alma Hernandez
Eric Carl is one of my favorite authors. The Very Quiet Cricketis simple and is great to help children find great traits about themselves.
He was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929. Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old. He was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio...more
Caelyn Pietila
The Very Quiet Cricket, written by Eric Carle is a story about a cricket who only communicates by rubbing his wings together. The other animals are confused because they make sounds when they say hello. At the end of the story, the cricket meets another cricket, and they are both able to communicate because they both make the same noise while rubbing their wings together. This book can teach that everybody is different and communicate in different ways. This would be a book that needs to be read...more
Shashi
This is my favorite Eric Carle book so far. I love when the luna moth flies over and he enjoys the stillness.
Bryonna Potter
This wasn't one of my favorite books by Eric Carle but I still like it because of the colors. I think it's a good book and the children would enjoy it.

Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is an American designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. He is most famous for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book with few words that has been translated into more than 55 languages. Since it was published in 1969 he has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote, and more tha...more
Russell
At first, a repetitive tale, which could easily be trimmed down. Much like George R.R. Martin, Eric Carle has become so drunk with success that his editor fears him and no longer feels comfortable daring to trim one ounce of fat from his prose. But trust me, there's trimming to do here.

That said, by the end of the book I was so transfixed by the tale of this mute cricket that I thought I actually heard a cricket chirping.
Tom
Pre K- 2nd Grade
Carle’s illustration in this board book is in the same style as his earlier “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. In this book Carle follows the life of a young cricket that try as he might, he is unable to make the chirping sounds as the big crickets do. The illustrations are a mixture of realistic looking insects with some surprising detail but with a cartoon feel that will be appealing to young readers. He uses bright colors and broad brushstrokes again as in his earlier work. This b...more
Nicholas Humilier
Grade/interest level: K-2
Lexile: 430L
Reading level: 3.1
Genre: Picture Book

Main Characters: The Little Cricket
Setting: Outdoors
POV: Third Person

On a warm day a young cricket is born. As soon as he comes into the world he begins to interact with other insects. One after another, they greet him with a noise specific to that insect. However, when the young cricket rubs his wings together, he is incapable of creating a noise. Nearing the end of the story, the cricket encounters a moth, who silently g...more
Matt Smith
Patterned/Predictable Book
This story is a feel good story about a cricket who is trying to chirp. He is encountered by many other insects who can make noises. The only way this cricket can communicate is by rubbing his legs together to create this chirp. He struggles to make the chirp noise so he cannot answer the other bugs. I think this book sends a message to kids about perseverance. It shows that even when things aren't going well or as planned, you should never give up. The cricket kept try...more
Amber
“The Very Quiet Cricket” is a picture book by Eric Carle. It is intended for children from birth to 2 years (N). It has won several awards including the Buckeye Children’s Book Award for K-12 and the Grand Canyon Reader Award for Picture Book. The book is essentially about a tiny cricket that is born and it’s journey. The cricket is trying to find his “voice” and meets a bunch of other insects along the way. I gave the book 5 stars because I have read it about 200+ times. This is my son’s favori...more
Farah
Satu lagi buku Eric Carle yang sangat menarik.
Tentang jangkrik yang kuper. hahaha.. Gak deng, jangkrik yang pendiam. Kenapa pendiam? Karena apapun yang dia lakukan, serangga lain apapun yang dia temui, tetep aja dia ngga bisa bunyi.

Jangkrik tuh kan bunyi saat mereka menggesekkan sayap belakangnya bukan sih? Ya pokoknya gitu deh. Dia berasa bisu.

And one day, dia bertemu dengan jangkrik lainnya (kali ini betina), dan tiba-tiba voila! dia bisa bunyi aja gitu loh!
Kita sebagai pembaca sih, bisa mena...more
Cameron Kisselbaugh
"The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle tells the story of a newly born cricket trying to find his voice in the world and wondering why he couldn't make beautiful noises like the other insects. Each page introduces a new character in the book and leads up to the cricket meeting another quiet cricket. Although the message the author wants to relay to reader isn't entirely clear until the end, I feel he does an OK job of keeping the reader interested until the end.

The illustrations by Earl Carle d...more
Lucy Meadors
The Very Quiet Cricket is similar to some of Eric Carle's other books in the sense that a lot of them are very predictable. On each page, the quiet cricket meets a new animal and is unable to make a sound. The quiet cricket tries time after time to rub its' wings together, but time after time the cricket cannot make a sound. At the end of the book, the quiet cricket spots another very quiet cricket, and the quiet cricket is finally able to create a beautiful sound. After a few pages, the reader...more
Chelsie Morrison
I am, and will always be, fascinated with the work of Eric Carle. His books are beautifully illustrated with lovely stories; The Very Quiet Cricket did not disappoint.

Carle tells the story of a newborn cricket who cannot say hello. The young cricket encounters many creatures and as they say hello, he finds that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot say anything back. The young cricket becomes sad and frustrated, but he finally meets another young cricket and as he tries one more time, is able...more
Christiana Tarpley
Science: Insects/labeling body parts
Creative Writing
Adjective/Nouns

Creative Writing:
Idea came from Eric Carle's official site:
After reading The Very Quiet Cricket with a group of second graders, I asked the children to think of another adjective and noun to write their own mini story. We brainstormed and came up with a list to start the students thinking. Some ideas were: The Very Hungry Girl, The Very Hungry Shark, etc. The kids enjoyed the activity and many wanted to share their stories with t...more
Sam
PATTERNED/PREDICTABLE BOOK

As a child I was always a fan of Carle's unique picture books, and because I had never read The Very Quiet Cricket I was excited to give it a try. He did not disappoint with this short story. It describes a day in the life of a "very quiet cricket", who becomes frustrated as he meets other bugs who can make sounds but when he tries to reply with a sound of his own, he is always silent. The repetition appears at the end of each page, when it says "The little cricket want...more
Walida
I recommend this book for children of all ages. The book introduces many other insects besides the cricket, which presents children with a view of the social life of a bug. The illustrations are very juvenile which children can easy relate to.
The story has an a nice appeal, it plays a little chirping cricket sound that is only revealed as you get to the last pages. The disappointing part for my children would be the chirping sound running out once the batteries die, which will require continuo...more
Kat
Basic plot: a quiet cricket meets lots of other animals who aren't so quiet.

This was another variation on the formula Carle seems to have created for his basic picture books. The story is furthered by a repetitive statement on each page, the strength of the books lies in the artwork and the fact that toddlers love to be able to chime in on the repeated parts, thus beginning to learn to read as they connect the words on the page with the words they know to say. The artwork in this book was the ex...more
Nathan
The Very Quiet Cricket was originally released in 1990 as a children's book, but I'm not reading that version! I'm sure they're quite similar, but the version I have is the 1997 rerelease on thick cardboard pages with a few added bells and whistles. I'm not sure how important that really is, but I thought it was something worth mentioning.

This is a simple children's book which follows the tried and true method of thrusting a protagonist into existence and sending him on a journey where he will e...more
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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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