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The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
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Nov 09, 09

bookshelves: pb-same-artist
Read in January, 2007

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 board book uses negative space to contain the text until the final page, in which, the caterpillar is able to chirp in the presence of a female cricket and the book has a device that produces the chirping sound at that point. Carle’s use of color, simple text and surprise at the end attracts young readers to read this again and again.
Science/Language Arts
Science lessons about the chirping ability of crickets can be developed. Having children write about what should come next would be a good way to develop this story for a lesson.
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