I’ve never met a little kid who didn’t like Eric Carle books, and I hope I never do. Indeed, no child’s bookshelf is complete without at least one Eric Carle book. Here are the two that we’ve been reading again and again (and again) for the last few months. Zelda can “read” both of these books now because she’s heard each word so many times.
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The word “charming” comes to mind when I think of Eric Carle. He created a world of visually pleasing and gentle characters, each with its own book. Most, if not all, are now in board book editions. In this story, the caterpillar eats his way from egg to butterfly. (I only have one negative comment about this book. He uses the word cocoon, but should have used chrysalis. The former is for moths and other insects; the latter is for butterflies. Did we mention that Zelda’s Mommy teaches science?)
The Mixed Up Chameleon is another of my favorites by Carle. You can read my review of that classic tale (or should I say tail?) here. If you’re looking for a lovely gift set, try a trio of Eric Carle board books that includes the Very Little Library, which includes the The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Busy Spider.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
Eric Carle’s distinctive artwork combines with a call and response text that is perfectly geared toward the youngest readers. The colors are bold and an important part of the story. The rhymes are simple and sweet. In an effort to begin Zelda on her path to being bilingual, we are stocking her bookshelf with Spanish editions of our favorites; in this case it’s Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo.