Eric Carle's Animals, Animals

by Eric Carle (Author)

Eric Carle's Animals, Animals
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Fish that fly, butterflies that dance, camels that "trollop along," a tiger that has swallowed the sun--Animals Animals! In this commemorative volume, created especially for sharing, Eric Carle celebrates the broadest, liveliest cast of animals yet, illustrating a distinguished collection of poetry and lyrical pieces from sources as diverse as the Bible, Shakespeare, Japanese haiku, African Pygmy, Pawnee Indian, Eugene Field, Lewis Carroll, D. H. Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Judith Viorst, Issa, Ogden Nash, Jack Prelutsky, and X. J. Kennedy. With brilliant, full-color illustrations that reflect the highest level of artistic excellence, Carle invites the earth's children--brothers, sisters, parents, teachers, friends, all--to glory in the sameness, the difference, and the wonder of the earth's precious animals.

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Publishers Weekly

Exuberantly illustrated by Carle ( The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), this collection of animal poems contains many pleasant surprises. Benjamin Franklin observes, "What is a butterfly? At best / He's but a caterpillar dressed," and Clarence Day reports, "The ant is knowing and wise; but / he doesn't know enough to take a vacation." "A discovery!" announces Yaku in a haiku. "On my frog's smooth green belly /there sits no button." Meanwhile, Carle's brilliant patchwork of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and insects parades up and down tree trunks, alongside cityscapes and--most memorably--is enfolded in the billowing currents of oceans. Seeing and evoking all with a childlike, primitive verve, the illustrator depicts his menagerie at full tilt, with sensuous succulence. All ages. (Sept.)
Eric Carle
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into 70 languages and sold over 55 million copies. Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 170 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2003, Carle received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children's Literature Legacy Award) for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 2002, Eric and his wife, Barbara, cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( in Amherst, Massachusetts, a 40,000-square-foot space dedicated to the celebration of picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world, underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Eric Carle passed away in May 2021 at the age of 91. His work remains an important influence on artists and illustrators at work today.
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Guided Reading Level
World of Eric Carle
Publication date
August 19, 1989
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
Library of Congress categories
Children's poetry

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