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Eric Carle's Animals Animals

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,636 ratings  ·  102 reviews
From leaping, flying fish to dancing butterflies, and camels that "trollop along," Eric Carle's brilliant and colorful collage designs bring to life animal poems from such diverse sources as Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky, as well as Bible verses, Japanese haiku, American Indian poems and more. This celebration of the wonde ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published August 17th 1989)
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Diana Turnbull
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Awards the book has received (if any): No awards received.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-K-3rd Grade
3. Original 3-line summary: This book is a collection of poems by many well-known authors accompanied by Eric Carle's unique illustrations. The poems are all about different animals, with colorful pictures to go along with the writing on each page. The writing in Carle's book is from all different cultures and time periods, with various forms of poetry for all children to enjoy.
4. Original 3-l
Jordyn Matthews
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
This book is a compilation of mini stories about a large variety of animals. The creatures mentioned vary from a kangaroo to a dinosaur to a snail. On each page, there is a new type of animal, with a detailed illustration of them and a passage about that animal along with the original author’s name underneath each passage.

This book is something that I would recommend having in a classroom of younger children. It talks about all different kinds of animals that live throughout the world, along wi
Hannah Wilson
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This unique book employs many traditional poems mixed with lovely collages created by Carle himself. The illustrations are a great interpretation of the many poems that are found on every single page. The visual variety mixed with the literary variety makes for the perfect mash-up of sensational illustrations with worldly poems. The poems and illustrations work together to create a rather exciting story. Animals Animals can be used in the classroom to expose children to the world of poetry. This ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Eric Carle's illustrations are a joy to look at. Each page is a different animal with a poem attached. The poems range from Bible verses to Hungarian proverbs There is a Christian element to the book, so be aware when recommending or looking to do this as a read aloud. Nevertheless, it is a fun and enjoyable read.
Melissa Maynard
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Eric Carl's Animals Animals is filled with many different pictures of animals from around the world. Each page has a new animal depicted on it and introduces to new experiences, new vocabulary, and new animals.
Sarah Harper
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is an explorative text that offers many references to several types of animals. Children will be curious and explorative to what creatures are brought to life by the richness and style that this author provides though the extension of poems.
Melissa Butler
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Eric Carle is a great author for children with awesome illustrations and a good storyline
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book
This is the first book that the baby girl actually sat to listen to (usually she gets mad or tries to eat the book... or both).
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun poems about animals and Eric Carle’s classic illustrations.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! I heart Eric Carle art and the poetry collection is wonderful! So many unique and different animals from around the world. Definitely a book to cherish and add to your home collection.
Monica P
We read bits and pieces for school. Still not a fan of Eric Carole.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an immensely charming book. I love to read children’s stories because it reminds me of my introduction to reading and how magical it truly is.
Victoria Schmidt
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Eric Carle’s ANIMALS ANIMALS
Author: Eric Carle, Laura Whipple
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Genre: Collection of poems for children
Themes: Zoo animals, Sea animals, Other animals
Opening line:
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind…..

Brief book summary: On each page of the book is a different animal from sea animals to animals you would expect to find in a zoo. Accompanying each animal is a poem describing how
Kendall Soffer
Title: Eric Carle's Animals Animals
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Laura Whipple
Genre: Picture Book
Theme: Animals, poetry
Opening line: "There is only one horse on all the earth and his name is all horses"
Brief Book Summary:
This book is a bunch of different poems incorporated into a story. He stays with his theme of animals throughout the entire book.

Professional Recommendation/Review : Jeanenne (BookHive (
Carle has selected a variety of animal poems and lyrical sayings fro
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Animals Animals has creatures that vary from a kangaroo, to a dinosaur, to a snail and more. On each page there is a detailed illustration of the animal and a passage about that animal and what they like to do and some interesting facts. On the same page is the original author’s name each passage this is because this book is a compilation of multiple different people contributing. This book can be used to help students distinguish between certain animals and understand how they function. The boo ...more
Dana Burnett
Dec 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: poetry
1. Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of poems by various authors about different types of animals with corresponding illustrations. The book has poems about many different animals including butterflies, camels, horse, fish, and cows to name a few of the animals discussed throughout the poetry.

2. I highly recommend including this book in an elementary classroom library because it will teach children about different animals while also teaching different types of poetry. Eric Carle's ill
Abbie Shawano
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction:

-I loved all aspects of this poetry book! The illustrations and the diverse poem structures were a great way to teach children about different types of poetry. I think that Eric Carle's take on poetry throughout this book was perfect. "Animals Animals" includes information on just that, animals, and it does it in a new and exciting way. The illustrations are bright and vibrant. There is a new and exciting animal on every page, making it that much more enjoyable.


-This b
Eric Carle uses bright colors and exciting poems in his book, animals animals. The book tells about several different stories in animal poems including fish, butterflies, and camels. The poems used in the book represent a variety of poems including those of Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, Jack Prelutsky, haikus, and many more. Eric Carle’s idea for bringing this book together was to celebrate the variety and diversification of animals on earth, which is exactly what he did. With each animal in the ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of poems about animals by various poets. Eric Carle has illustrated the book and like all his work they are colorful and beautiful. I really enjoyed the variety of poems included in the collection. It has some poems that were obviously written for kids and others that were not necessarily written for kids. One of my favorites was "Bat" by D.H. Lawrence. It describes a bat flying through the air and compares it to "a black glove thrown up at the light, ...more
Caitlin E
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-7-poetry
This is one of my poetry picture books.

Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of animal-based poetry that he has paired with his own illustrations. The poems were collected by Laura Whipple, an elementary school media specialist.

"An illustrated collection of poems by a variety of authors describing the peculiarities of pets and wild and domestic animals."

The poems in this book are extremely diverse. There are quotes from the bible, Hungarian proverbs, and "weather sayings." Poems by Lewis
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Eric Carle's collage style is beloved by many, and the illustrations in this anthology are engaging and colorful. Indexing in the back assists readers with finding animals they are studying.

Poems collected by Laura Whipple feature a variety of sources and styles ranging from Shakespeare to Kipling to the Bible to Japanese haiku to American Indian poems and anonymous contributions.

This book has won numerous awards and is highly recommended by several sources we consult in building our reading li
Mallori Allphin
Eric Carle uses bright colors and exciting poems in his book “Animals, Animals”. This book tells about several different creatures, such as flying fish and dancing butterflies. He uses several different exotic animals to portray his message. This allows students imagination to soar. They could color pictures of their own favorite animals using the same bright and fun technique that Eric Carl uses. This book could be used several different ways in a classroom. A very effective lesson plan would ...more
Courtney Dyer
Eric Carle’s lively tissue paper and painted collage artwork brings to life this whimsical collection of poems that includes lyrical pieces from the Bible, Shakespeare, Japanese haiku, African Pygmy, and Pawnee Indian as well as pieces from well-known authors such as Lewis Carroll, Judith Viorst, Jack Prelutsky, Rudyard Kipling, and many, many more.

This book was the second book I read within the genre of poetry. I liked it a lot better than the first one I chose. If you love Eric Carle’s illustr
My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. As a fan of Eric Carle's artwork style, I was excited to share this book with my son. This book is full of beautiful animal artwork by Carle, but this is not a typical Carle book. This is a collection of his artwork matched to poetry by a variety of authors. The poetry is extremely varied: William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, cultural proverbs, and sayings. There are many wonderful poems included. I love sharing poetry with my ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman

Eric Carle is known for his unique illustrations and this book continues on with the bright colors and sometimes silly pictures. Animals Animals is full of just what you would expect - animals! Ocean-living animals, dessert-living animals, jungle-living animals, zoo-living animals, barn-living animals and more are all found in the 88 pages of this book. However, rather than have a traditional storyline to it, each page holds one more poems.

Now, if you are a poetry-loving person you wil
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EXCELLENT compilation of poetry complemented by Eric' Carl's signature drawings of all kinds of lovable and ferocious animals.

A wonderful immersion into animals found on farms, ponds, zoos, the depths of the ocean or perhaps on a leaf in your backyard. All the while introducing or deepening learning of important poets to children such as Arnold Sundgaard, John Gardner, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and many more.

Highly engaging book, highly recommend this as part of a children's reading wh
Cara Byrne
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really unique work by Carle, not because of its illustrative style (which features his typical beautifully watercolored animals often cantered on a stark white background) but because of the poetry included. Each animal, from a rhinoceros to a flying squirrel, is accompanied by a brief poem about it - sometimes by a little known writer who is clearly writing for young children and other times by a literary juggernaut like Shakespeare or Kipling. Carle's menagerie is quite extensive, an ...more
Kristin Forman
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eric Carle's Animals Animals is a collection of poetry from diverse sources such as the Bible, Shakespeare, Japanese haiku, African Pygym, Pawnee India, Eugene Field, Lewis Carroll, and many more. Carle illustrates the pieces in a vibrant and brilliant way. The collection is all about different animals. I would recommend this to any teacher to read aloud with their children because the poems are diverse and the illustrations are a beautiful touch. My favorite poem is called, "My Opinion" from Mo ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the different poems about all the different animals! I think this book is very educational and would be a good book to have in my classroom. A few of my favorite poems were "every insect" and "long gone". I liked the one about the insects because I think it does a good job of providing a simple lesson on insects by explaining how "every insect (ant, fly, bee) is divided into three" one head, one chest, one stomach part." I enjoyed "long gone", which discusses dinosaurs because ...more
Gracie Guagenti
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A compilation of poetry taken from the Bible, Shakespeare, and others. These poems were unfamiliar to me yet weren't intimidating when told next to Eric Carle's familiar collage work. I enjoyed reading this book to my daughter and she (only 9mo old) enjoyed the illustrations. The colorful artwork would be a good way to use this book in a preschool classroom. Children could recreate these works of art or could create new ones based on these poems. This collection is lengthy with around 74 animals ...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