Monday, March 30, 2009

Book Fun: Eric Carle

B's pick of this week has been Eric Carle books. I suspect most if not all of you are already familiar with them too. They are generally short, preferably board books, that often focus on insects or animals and Mr. Carle's fabulous drawings. I think I'm particularly enjoying them now as B will say the words right back to me, particularly in Brown Bear. He also knows the animals now which I think makes it more interesting for him. I've listed a few of our favorite Carle books below and hope you take some time to enjoy these fun stories with the kids around you too!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - The life and times of a caterpillar as it moves from small caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. This is probably his most famous book and has lots of assorted accessories you can get including a fun transformative puppet the library used during story time.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - This is B's current favorite of the group which includes basic, at times imaginatively colored animals, a teacher (who he is very interested in for some reason) and her students.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? - This is a similar concept to Brown bear, but focusing on the sounds the animals make. This one as well as Brown Bear and Panda Bear (below) have Eric Carle illustrations, and Bill Martin Jr. words.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book - Similar to Brown Bear, but with a Zoo setting.

A House for Hermit Crab (Classic Board Books) - This one is a little more text heavy, but beautiful. Jennie and Gavin brought it back for B from Hawaii.

The Very Busy Spider (Board Book) - We don't own this one yet, but have enjoyed it and The Grouchy Ladybug at the bookstore several times so one or both will likely join our collection.

Coming up next week are our favorite Easter books. That said, we don't have that many in our collection and I'd love suggestions!


Summer said...

Sadly we only have Brown Bear, but I wanted to tell you K has a weird fascination with the teacher as well. We spend a lot of time on that page. I need to get The Hungry Catepillar, I remember that book from when I was a child, tragic K has never heard it.

Jamie said...

we have brown bear and the catepillar. Brown bear used to be John's favorite, but has since moved on to Sandra. The catepillar one is GREAT - he loves to poke all the little holes as we are reading.

I did not know he has so many - we will have to pick up a few more.


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