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Eric Carle's Animals Animals

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,733 ratings  ·  106 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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Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Alysha Martinez
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Sofia Seledkov
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Monica P
We read bits and pieces for school. Still not a fan of Eric Carole.
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
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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).
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.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun poems about animals and Eric Carle’s classic illustrations.
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.
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another illustrated book of passages, which makes for a lovely bit of reading.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: je, 2019
This is a bunch of poems and sayings. Eric Carle did the illustrations.
Kaylyn Burrow
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-5
This book is a great poetry book that uses many verbs to describe the animals. This would be great when introducing verbs to the class.
Kylie Harris
Fun picture book for children about different animals
Abbey Pignatari
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
4/5 (physical book)

I love Eric Carle books, and this one did not disappoint. The illustrations were beautiful, and the unique proverb-like/poem-like telling made it different than his other stories.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. I love studying the layers of Eric Carle's art. This is a beautiful book of his animals, with poetry (various forms, from various people) accompanying each. I'd say it's to be enjoyed by adults as much as by children, but better yet- together by both.

I requested this book from our library system as "research" for an Eric Carle inspired animal collage art program I was planning and facilitating. I'd love to have my own copy.
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
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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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