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Eric Carle's Animals Animals

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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 wonder and variety of earth's animals is "joyous...a book to be shared" ( Booklist , starred review).

96 pages, Paperback

First published August 17, 1989

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Eric Carle

831 books1,965 followers
Eric Carle was 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 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 the world.

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39 reviews
May 28, 2021
Poems + Amazing Illustrations = Delight

Eric Carle always filled my heart with a lot of joy. He was a wonderful human being and artist. And made this world a better place.

On The Very Hungry Caterpillar he said: "I think it is a book of hope. Children need hope. You, little insignificant caterpillar can grow up into a beautiful butterfly and fly into the world with your talent." 🐛🦋
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2,236 reviews398 followers
December 28, 2019
A wonderful collection of Eric Carle's distinctive crayon cut out collage illustrations with accompanying poetry, proverbs and haiku on the animals featured. The book ended with Rosetti's Hurt Not a Living Thing which is a lovely poem.

Read on open library.
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9,317 reviews399 followers
August 20, 2020
I'm glad to learn that this is on openlibrary, but it also deserves to be oversize hardcover, like the edition my library lent me. If you like Carle's work, as most ppl do, you'll love this. Except for the picture of the narwhal, which Carle got wrong.

I do like the selection that Whipple made. As the blurb says, everything from Shakespeare to Prelutsky to haiku, even a couple of Native American verses.
April 25, 2022
I'm not going to rate this but I will say that this book was definitely not what I was expecting. It is a collection of poems about animals that were either amusing or just some poems that left me very puzzled to why they even added it in the book. I would not recommend this but I will say I did enjoy a few poems!
8 reviews
April 17, 2022
Animals Animals by Eric Carle and Laura Whipple is a poetry book that provides a variety of different written pieces of poetry. On each page, Eric Carle has provided a poem that illustrates a particular animal, from Blue Whales, to Dolphins, to Kangaroos and Snails. With each poem, a colorful illustration is provided to help the reader become more drawn into the story of the poem and learn more about different animals and where they live or could be found.

I would recommend Animals Animals as a read-aloud book for grades 1st – 4th. This poetry book allows the reader to learn more about a large variety of animals through stories and written poems in a variety of different styles including haikus and from a variety of different cultures and authors such as Australian, Japanese, African, and more. Furthermore, throughout the book, the reader can see vivid illustrations of each type of animal that allows them to familiarize themselves with the animal that is being spoken of in the poem and ultimately can help the reader learn what type of animal is which.
26 reviews
October 17, 2020
Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Awards Certificate of Excellence, 1989
John Burroughs Nature Book List For Young Readers, The John Burroughs Association, 1989
Redbook Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year, 1989
Parents Best Kid’s Books of 1989
American Library Association (ALA) Booklist Children’s Editor’s Choices, 1989.
Appropriate Grade Levels: Pre-K through 3rd

Original Summary: A collection of poems about all types of animals odd and ones you would see in your home, outside in nature, and in the sea.

Original Review: It's a long book, with younger children it might be best to split it into parts. The poetry blends in and you can even hear different types of poetry like Haiku. Though not everything rhymes, everything sounds nice together and the illustrations of the animals are bright, beautiful, and moving.

In-Class Uses: Not all of the poems in this book rhyme, but it can show children that poems don't always have to rhyme. Sometimes poems ebb and flow together smoothly to create a picture of what the animals are doing or how they are. The poems are focused on each animal and have everything to do with describing them.
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50 reviews1 follower
April 12, 2018
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 with a picture of the animals, so this could help young children be able to identify between animals. It also has a passage that could tell a child some interesting information about each animal and what they do.

My favorite part of this book was the illustrations. Eric Carle is known for his unique artistic style and it is represented well by his illustrations of animals in this book. Using colors and techniques that make the animals pop out of the page is a great way to catch the readers eye.
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50 reviews
April 16, 2018
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 book shows the various ways that poetry can be used to convey a message. While Carle uses the poetry to show the many animals of the world, in the classroom this book can be used to show the different types of poetry. From Japanese haikus to Native American poetry, this book takes the reader around the world and throughout history through the poetry. From rhyming poems, to long poems, to short haikus, this book will show students the differences between the many styles of poetry as well.
36 reviews
March 20, 2019
Genre: Collection of Poetry
Awards: None
Audience: 5-12 years old

A. Animals Animals is a collection of a variety of short poems from many writers (including lyrical pieces and haikus) that are based on many different animals. Eric Carle has illustrations of each animal per poem.
B. In the poem, "The Duck", there is a presence of consonance. For example: duck & cluck, lacks & quacks, fond & pond, sups & up.
C. Create a poem about your favorite animal.
The horse is wild and free
roaming all day in the sun
until it's time to rest underneath a tree
then graze away until the day is done
33 reviews1 follower
October 28, 2021
Eric Carle’s Animals Animals is a Children’s Poetry Book filled with poetry and illustrations. The focus of this book is animals with each creature having an illustration and poem. These poems were written by different authors and their writing features some haikus and lyrical pieces. All the detailed illustrations were drawn by Carle himself using lots of colors and giving the animals an appealing look. Younger children like Pre-k-2nd grade students can enjoy this book as they can learn about animals that live around the world and learn some interesting facts about them while reading poetry to gain knowledge on each animal in the book.
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3,706 reviews42 followers
May 18, 2023
Eric Carle has filled this book to the brim with marvelous animal collages accompanied by "poems to the brim" and quotations, too. Many poets and writers are included like Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Jack Prelutsky, Ogden Nash, and Shakespeare. There are Japanese haiku, Native American poems and quotes. Benjamin Franklin contributes on the butterfly double spread: "What is a butterfly? At Best/He's but a caterpillar dressed." It ends with "Hurt No Living Thing", by Cristina Rossetti. Fabulous anthology!
100 reviews
November 26, 2018
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.
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464 reviews5 followers
July 11, 2020
A lovely collection of poems to share with my daughter. Be aware that a few of the selections contain some dated language, so we did have to navigate around that. But, as always, Carle's illustrations are magical, and our little one was fascinated by them. Every time we get to the octopus cover image, she giggles! Worth it just for that!
251 reviews6 followers
December 12, 2020
Vibrant illustrations accompany each poem of different creatures. Great intro to poetry book for young children, especially (K-2nd grade). These could be used individually as a read aloud piece of literature and discussion or for highlighting word choice or phonics (picking out rhymes or beginning sounds, etc.). Classroom library for K-2nd grade.
225 reviews
July 4, 2022
The illustrations are gorgeous as expected in an Eric Carle book. The book is long. Each page is a beautiful drawing of an animal accompanied by a poem or haiku or bible or talmud verse, etc. A younger child can enjoy the pictures. The poems are all over the place - a few humorous that a young child might enjoy but many will be way over their heads.
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48 reviews
November 29, 2017
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.
70 reviews
August 18, 2018
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.
53 reviews
April 26, 2019
Eric Carle's Animals Animals by Eric Carle , 1999. This book is a compilation of many mini stories about animals which are super adorable, engaging, colorful, and each page talks about a different animal. It allows children to learn about animals while practicing rhyming. Age range: k-5
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343 reviews4 followers
August 21, 2019
Only read some, but I always found EC an overrated author and never found his illustrations that much fun. I think the poems in this one weren't very fun (not too rhymey, not too many cool lessons), and I didn't enjoy my skimming/perusal of it.
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1,406 reviews1 follower
October 14, 2020
Eric Carle compiled a collection of poems about animals and created beautiful illustrations to accompany each. I love this book for the opportunity to introduce children to a plethora of different writing styles, authors and animals.
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954 reviews5 followers
May 11, 2022
That’s an adorable and longer than expected book of poetry about animals in various ways and forms in prime Eric Carle form. I don’t think I’ve met a book of theirs yet I don’t like and this is no exception. Worth the read.
101 reviews
September 30, 2022
Collection of poems by a variety of authors, describing the peculiarities and charms of pets as well as both wild and domestic animals. Eric Carle is noted for his depiction of animals and this colorful anthology contains some of his finest works.
105 reviews1 follower
March 28, 2023
Fantastic book for poetry with kids. If you want something for memorisation than these are very fun and great for learning science at the same time (depending on poem). Look forward to using this book often for a few years.
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81 reviews
February 24, 2018
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).
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1,329 reviews
April 4, 2018
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.
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559 reviews
February 17, 2019
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.
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Author 436 books
March 17, 2019
Another illustrated book of passages, which makes for a lovely bit of reading.
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