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From Head to Toe

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  13,932 ratings  ·  297 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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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
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
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
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.
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
Kenna Hall
This book takes readers through different actions that animals and themselves can do. This book engages the reader in reading and participating. It is an interactive book that shows the younger reader that they can do what the animals can also do. Such as stomping their foot like a gorilla or bending their neck like a flamingo. It allows the reader to see if they can imitate an animal. This book is great especially for younger readers. The reasons for this are because it is interactive so it is ...more
Anna Reid
From Head to Toe is a board book written by Eric Carle that is about numerous different animals that can do certain things. The animals want to know if a human can do some of the things that the animals can do. At the end of the story the human asks the parrot if he can wiggle his toes, and he can do it as well! This story shows children that they are who they are and they all have differences. If I was to recommend this story to children I would recommend it to children in grades 1-3. A fun cla ...more
Shauna Walters
This story is an interactive book that goes through certain animals and what makes them different from the rest. It allows readers to participate and see if they can do what the animals can do as well. This is a great book for beginning readers to identify animals, but also to be able to determine the similarities and differences between all of us. I enjoyed this book because it allows readers to make comparisons, as well as going through a fun story. It also is a great book to read out loud wit ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
In Eric Carl's engaging book for toddlers, an array of animals take turns showing an action they can do and each ask a child, "Can you do it?" Each child responds by copying the action, saying "I can do it!" Preschoolers will follow the children's example and learn the names of animals, body parts and action verbs like turning, clapping, stomping, and so on -- as well as skills of following instructions and learning to perform the different actions. There's even a bit of humor on the final page ...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
Brittany Perry
From Head to Toe by Carle, E.


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.


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
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

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!

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
Melissa De Wever
This book is great for pre-school aged kids, due to its kinetic nature and the anthropomorphizing of the animals.
While the plot wasn't so interesting for me, with it being a concept book I read while sitting down, I'm a big fan of Eric Carle's illustration. The book took me back to a time when I would sit on the floor with his books and draw for hours.
Sarah Ashburn
This is a great book to get children up and moving. It is also a great book for new readers. There are many sight words included in this book. The book has great sounds and easier words for beginning readers. My favorite part of this book though is that you could get students up and moving just like the animals in this story. Great read!
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
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!!!
Briana Thompson
I remember my babysitter reading this book to me, im not sure how because i know i was young. I chose to read it again because i could not remember at all how it went, just that i liked it! Its great! so many different animals and different moving parts its so interactive and great for a young crowd
My library had this book in Spanish. It was classic Carle even if I couldn't understand it. What I think would have made this book even more perfect would have been to have English translations somewhere in the book to educate the munchkins on Spanish to English translations.
I kind of hated this book until Olly started acting it out, then it rocketed up to a fave. Some of the poses are still a bit awkward for us to do, and the final one is just weird - "I am me, and I wiggle my toes?" with a pic of a parrot? Hmmmm...
Ayu Irsyam
Was one of my son's favorite books. The book is really interactive that my son would really love to read and doing the movement at the same time. This book also was one of my favorite books when i was teaching the kindergarteners.
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
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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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