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The Very Quiet Cricket
Eric Carle
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The Very Quiet Cricket

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  16,650 Ratings  ·  250 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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Nov 21, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: resenha-sqf
A maioria dos livros de Eric Carle contém histórias simples e é através da repetição de palavras ou acções que o ilustre ilustrador dá realce às mensagens que através das obras quer transmitir aos seus leitores. Este álbum publicado no romper da década de 1990, e agora apresentado ao público português, numa tradução de Ana M. Noronha, não foge ao seu modus operandi.
«Num dia de calor, de um ovo minúsculo nasceu um pequeno grilo.» Assim tem início esta história, de um recém-nascido grilo que dada
Aug 18, 2014 Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Sep 20, 2015 Emily (Mrs B's Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The pictures very much tell you that thesis an Eric Carle book and the writing follows the same paths as his other books.

Its a light feel good book for your baby/toddler. My twins certainly like the bright colours used in the pictures.
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
Crystal Bandel
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, published 1990.


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
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
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
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.
Jun 12, 2012 Shashi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is my favorite Eric Carle book so far. I love when the luna moth flies over and he enjoys the stillness.
Jan 14, 2016 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-liked-it
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
Laura Brower
Patterned/ Predictable Books:

Similar to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle creates another masterpiece -- this time about a little cricket. The protagonist faces a dilemma, unable to make a chirping sound like the way his peers can. Throughout the book, he comes across numerous characters who cheerily greet him. And, unfortunately, almost every time, the little cricket is unable to reply until he meets a female cricket and finally makes noises.

Carle sets the plot in a patterned and predicta
Title: The Very Quiet Cricket
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Picture Book
Theme(s): Voice/Friendship/Kindness
Opening line/sentence: “There are four thousand different kinds of crickets.”
Brief Book Summary: The cricket meets all these different creatures that say, “hi” to him and he wants to respond, but when he rubs his wings together, nothing happens. This happens multiple times until he meets a girl cricket that is also very quiet and when he rubs his wings together this time, he makes a sound.
Samantha Westall
Dalton Dettbarn
This is about a cricket that couldn't make a sound but he didn't give a me eventually got it.
Sep 17, 2013 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books-5

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
Chelsie Morrison
Sep 09, 2012 Chelsie Morrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
Nov 28, 2014 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Very Quiet Cricket written by Eric Carle is a story about a young cricket who cannot make the sound that all the other crickets can. All of his animal and insect friends keep saying hello to him and he tries his hardest to rub his legs together but he just cant make the sound. The little cricket is about to give up and he doesnt think hes ever going to learn how to chirp.

The illustrations in this book are done by watercolor and paint. They are very abstract yet have a lot of color. The backg
Alexis Espinosa
The Very Quiet Cricket is about a quiet cricket who dreams of rubbing his wings together so he can talk to other animals but he cant talk to them yet and he does not know why. He finds another cricket one night and tries to talk to her and he succeeds and makes the most beautiful sound.

Comments/observations: This books reading level is kindergarten through third grade. I also found that the theme of this book is confidence and being yourself. My emotional readers response to this book was I like
Elissa Still
The Very Quiet Cricket follows a lonesome cricket who tries to communicate with all the other insects and animals around him, just he just cant figure out how. Then he meets another cricket and together they make beautiful cricket noises. The reading level for this book is kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Comments/observations: Like with all of Carle’s books there is an interactive element and I thoroughly enjoy them. The interactive element within this book is the cricket noise that can be pla
Sep 07, 2013 Walida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Christiana Tarpley
Science: Insects/labeling body parts
Creative Writing

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
Madison Hays
Nov 13, 2014 Madison Hays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Very Quiet Cricket written by Eric Carle is a story about a young cricket who cannot seem to make the sound his family members make. All of his animal and insect friends keep saying hello to him and he tries his hardest to rub his legs together but it just doesn't work. The little cricket is about to give up...will he ever learn to chirp?

The illustrations in this book are done by watercolor and paint. They are very abstract yet have a lot of color. The background is very bright and draws th
Nov 09, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb-same-artist
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
Oct 27, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
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
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
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
Cameron Kisselbaugh
Jan 31, 2013 Cameron Kisselbaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
"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
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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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