A little cricket has lost his song, so he sets out to find it. On the way he meets many other animals who can make all kinds of noises, but he still can't utter a sound. Until one day, he meets a very special friend. The author wrote "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Bad-Tempered Ladybird".
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A cricket is born who cannot talk! A bigger cricket welcomes him to the world, then a locust, a grasshopper and many other insects, but each time the tiny cricket rubs his wings together in vain: no sound emerges. In the end, however, he meets another quiet cricket, and manages to find his "voice". Children will love the repetitive text; the steady parade of new creatures (including "a spittlebug, slurping in a sea of froth"); and of course the happy ending. This is one of a series of Eric Carle books with a mechanical twist: in this case, the quiet cricket bursts into (surprisingly authentic) electronic song as you turn the last page. (The battery is replaceable.) An amusement for the ears, but most ofall--as ever with Carle--a feast for the eyes. The colourful cut-paper illustrations are simply gorgeous, drawing you in even on the hundredth reading. (And there will be a hundredth reading, followed by many more.) (Ages 0 to 4 years) --Richard FarrReview:
Praise forThe Very Quiet Cricket
"Typical of Carle's style, the language is simple, with rhythm, repetition, and alliteration to delight young listeners. Painted collage illustrations are lavish and expressive."--School Library Journal
"The text is skillfully shaped; the illustrations convey energy and immediacy."--Horn Book
"As usual, Carle's art is lovely and his story is simple and satisfying."--Publishers Weekly
"Carle's signature style ensures that this is a visual standout, and storywise it's appealing, too....The spare text is structured by repetitive phrasing that will lend itself to read-aloud responses."--Booklist"
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