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From Head to Toe

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  11,568 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Move yourself
From Head to Toe

I can do it! That's what kids will say when they wiggle, stomp, thump, and bend across the pages of this book. Laughter and squeals of delight will abound as boys and girls (and their elders, too!) participate in the action.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by HarperFestival (first published January 1st 1997)
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Dianne
Anyone who reads a lot of Eric Carle's books cannot fail to notice that there is a hierarchy of things that turn Carle on:

1. Animals. Carle obviously adores animals.
2. Fabrics. Carle loves texture and pattern.
3. Human hair. His hair is somewhat less pleasing than his fabrics

And then somewhere, way, way down at the bottom of the hierarchy comes "Human face and figure." It is always jarring to me to compare his beautifully articulated animals that practically roar and pop off the page with his blo...more
Annette Taylor-james
This is a very interactive book so this is not for circle time if you want them to sit. The children love to be real silly with the actions in this book mimicking what they can do from head to toe; funny indeed.
Chelsea Cameron
This book is fantastic and greatly interactive for young children! On every page there is a different animal that is moving a different body part. This book is a perfect gateway to introducing all of the body parts of different animals that humans share as well. This book allows for kids to interact by stomping, wiggling by imitating what the different animals are doing on each page. I think this would be a great book to read before kids leave and go to P.E. class, that way when they get there t...more
Annalisa
Eric Carle's book "From head to toe" is a fantastic book! The large, colorful pictures and the simple, clear text keep children bending and stretching right along with the animals! Each page of this book has a different animal moving a different body part and a picture of a kid doing the same thing. The kids can imitate you doing the movement, or some kids will even look at the picture and copy the animal or kid. Some of the pictures are more fun than others. My son especially like the gorilla,...more
Margaret
Read from the HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics . I prefer Carle's other books, but it is a fun lead in to singing. This is one my daughter can "read" alone after only a time or two of reading and she loves to do the actions as well, it's a pretty good get up and play story.

-- Added board book to our shelves. 3/10/13
Sally Todd
Eric Carle delivers another imaginative reading book to introduce the different parts of the body to children. The book allows creativity amongst children, whilst pointing at the various body parts – ‘I am a camel and I bend my knees. Can you do it?’ The main emphasis of the book is about movement – and I can see it being used in initial warm up exercises in lower key stage one P.E lessons. The book will engage children because of its interactive nature of the story.
Allie
This book is very different from others. It has the children get involved and do physical movements throughout the book. For example it says, “I am a donkey and I kick my legs can you do it? I can do it!” On the page it has a donkey and a person doing a donkey kick. Then the kids are going to want to try and imitate the movement. Not many books get the kids up and moving, which is why kids will enjoy it. Rather than reading this book I view it more as singing a song, which is different from othe...more
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Eric Carle
b. genre: Informational
c. publication date: 1997
d. annotation:
-The book shows a variety of animals performing an action and a child mimicking that action.

-This would be an excellent book for an active read aloud to the class. The children would be able to act out all the motions, and learn the pattern of “I can do it!” as the response after the animal asks if they can. This also provides a lesson on body parts.
e. discussion questions:
-Students would be able to predic...more
Brittany Perry
From Head to Toe by Carle, E.

Summary

The story From Head to Toe is a book all about comparing different body movements with humans and animals. Every time the animal asks the human if they can move something on their body the human says “I can do that!”. They go through twelve different body parts.

Response

I love this book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. I gave this book five stars. The illustrations are my favorite because they are so distinct .I can always tell what an Eric Carle illustration...more
Bojan Tunguz
Ever since we came across "Brown Bear" we've become huge fans of Eric Carle's wonderful and deceptively simple illustrated children's books. Now we are well on our way to owning all of his works, and would certainly recommend these educational and quirky books to all parents. However, it's also clear that none of his other books have lived up to the charm of "Brown Bear." This is certainly true of "From Head to Toe." There is no attempt at rhyming in here whatsoever, and reading can feel a bit d...more
Maryann
Summary:

From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle, discusses all the different actions animals and people alike can do. For example, “I am a gorilla and I thump my chest. Can you do it?” and on the next page the child responds, “I can do it!” The story goes on to show different animals such as; a cat, penguin, monkey and giraffe all doing things and the child on the next page mimicking them. Just as a monkey can wave its arms, a child can too; and just as a giraffe can bend its neck, a child can too!

Resp...more
Matthew
Typical Eric Carle book so it will not disappoint. Very repetitive. You can almost chant the words with each page turn. Repetitive text will make for a good reader for early readers. You can also have one reader read the part with the questions and another reader to read the respond. You could also have your kids act out each move. Very interactive and engaging early childhood reader with nice illustrations. Highly recommend adding this one to the library of an early reader.
Jazzmarie Vedrine
What is so unique about Eric Carle's books is his use of bright and abstract art work. His characters are still life-like but also done in a way that a child can relate to as being not so perfect form of doing art. This book is about the use of movement through the use of animals, where the young children mimics the body movement of an animal. One, a child recognizes that they can do some of these gross motors skills like an animal and also being familiar to follow directions and being able to p...more
Tishandra Mayfield
Since "The Very Hungery Caterpillar" was published in 1969, Eric Carle has been the creator of more than 70 picture books. The themes of his stories are usally drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Mr. Carle not only attempts to make his books entertaining, but to also offer his readers the opportunity to to learn something about the world around them.
Sarah Sammis
Sean is a huge fan of Eric Carle's book and has probably read more of them at school than we have together at home. When I saw a copy of From Head to Toe at the library discard shelf, I had to snatch it up for his collection.

The book asks children to move with the animals in the book. Each page shows first an animal doing a motion and then an illustrated child doing the same thing. For example: "I am a penguin and I can turn my head. Can you do it?" The child replies, "I can do it!" This book i...more
Airika Coblentz
My two year olds love reciting this book and doing all of the animal movements. They have speech delays so all of the Eric Carle books are good for them but this is the most engaging. We read it in the morning to get moving and at night to focus on getting ready for sleep. Great length for 2 to 3 year olds and fun to read aloud.
Elizabeth Sciarra
I really enjoy reading Eric Carle books because I think the illustrations really make it. I like the way that it is a collage type picture instead of something that has been drawn out.

I thought this book was good because it teaches children all of the different ways that their bodies can move. It is very informative without being boring. It would also be really fun for kids to follow along with the teacher or their parents who are reading it to them. They can be active and having fun while retai...more
Wendy Daniel
Babies and toddlers love this book! It gets them up and moving, increases their vocabulary, and builds print awareness skills. It comes in a board book that is durable and can take a lot of chewing and handling. Eric Carle's simple illustrations are perfect for this age group, and I love that this gorilla is BLUE!!!
Pretend City Children's Museum
We had so much fun reading this book yesterday! Not only did we get to look at all the bright and colorful animals, but we also got to get up and move like them too! This is such a great book to get your children to explore different kinds of movements that your body can make, recognize colors and name animals!

Grown-up tip: Even though your baby can’t read yet, you are promoting strong relationships, encouraging listening and language skills, promoting attention and curiosity, and establishing a...more
Aidyle
Aside from a very hungry caterpillar and Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see?, this is another book of Eric Carle's that I like to read to my babies and toddlers. Doing the ASL signs for these are so easy too.
Meg McGregor
Little ones will love to perform the actions of each of the animals as they bend their necks, thump their chests, kick their legs, etc.

They will especially love being able to say, "I can do it!"
Samantha
Get moving and grooving the way zoo animals do in this read aloud. I like the positive refrain: "I can do it!"

This is one of my favorites for working out the pre-Storytime wiggles. PreK-2.
Rebecca Saxon
A fantastic book for toddler storytimes. The interactive elements are great and get kids thinking about what their body parts are called without them realizing it. A fun book.
Jessica Judd
From Head to Toe, is a book that is perfect to use when students need to get up and moving. It shows animals doing different body movements and asks the reader if they can do them too. The book is filled with simple color illustrations and lends itself well to whole group or small group activity time. Once students know the book, it could also be used as a read-along.

Instructional Activities:

The class could make their own From Head to Toe book. Each student could create their own page with the o...more
Madison Evans
I love this book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. I gave this book five stars. The illustrations are my favorite because they are so distinct
Connor Bartlett
This is a great book to get kids up and moving. Early childhood and early elementary students will love this book. It is a very interactive book.
Dana
For storytime, Eric Carle is one of those authors that can seemingly do no wrong, and From Head to Toe is no exception. Through words and Carle's distinctive artistic images, children are prompted to move their body like an animal with a simple "Can you?" Heads are turned, arms are waved, and toes are wiggled. But one caution. In a large crowd, you may want to skip the donkey kicking so no one ends up kicking their neighbor, especially if you have a rambunctious group that kicks like the kids in...more
Lissa
A favored book in the toddler classrooms. A great book to read to get your kids up and moving!
Adriana Mendoza
“I am a monkey and I wave my arms. Can you do it? I can do it.” From Head to Toe is one of my most favorite Eric Carle books. This book engages children in not only learning animal names but it communicates how the animals move their body parts and prompts the reader to mimic the animals. Very educational, readers will not only learn about animals but will learn their body parts. Best of all, it will get the kids moving. For those children that are kinesthetic learners this is incredible book. I...more
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