Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review: Eric Carle Children's Book Author

    If you did not realize how important reading is as an adult you will realize how important it is when you have a child. There are tons of classic children's stories that are simply "must haves" when it comes to your child's book collection. I must admit these books are clearly "must have" additions to your child's book collection. They were not around when I was little however, they are very popular now, so make sure you are able to read them to your child either through purchasing them or borrowing them from your local library. They are, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle (Brown Bear is also by Bill Martin Jr.).

    If you have been reading my blog posts this week you will know that The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is Xavier's favorite book. He carries it everywhere and frequently will hand it to us and want to sit on our lap while we read it to him. We even caught him the other day looking at the book with a stuffed animal. It looked like he was trying to "read" the book to the stuffed animal. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was even the theme for his first birthday party last Saturday. ( See Xavier's 1st Birthday).  What is so wonderful about The Very Hungry Catepillar is the story teaches so many things to your child. It not only teaches the metamorphosis of the caterpillar but also days of the week, colors, numbers and even to eat healthy or you will get a stomachache. Plus it is a board book with different size pages which helps your child learn to turn the page. It is one of the first books that Xavier learned to turn the pages while you are reading.

   The Very Busy Spider By Eric Carle is also a great addition to your child's library because like The Very Hungry Caterpillar it also teaches a lot while you are reading the story. It not only teaches kids to work hard for what they want but also about farm animals. I love the pages in this book. The pages are thick and bound together. The graphics are popped out a little for texture as well. It is a nice transition book from board to full on page books. Your child will not be able to rip through the pages but can still learn that some books are easier to turn then board books. Xavier always loves when I pull out The Very Busy Spider, the beautiful illustrations and the fun textures always makes him smile and I must admit it is my favorite book as well.

     Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr. is a wonderful book written in a rhyming verse. As much as it may be annoying to adults to read rhyming verse, rhyming is very important to children. It is easier for them to grasp language skills through rhyming so make sure you have a lot of rhyming in your children's books. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a great book that teaches children about different animals and colors. They will love the big, colorful illustrations while you are reading them the rhyme throughout the book. The pages of this book are regular pages that are just stronger then normal so it is the last in a transition series with these three books.
      Make sure to incorporate reading as much as possible in your child's life. It helps then to learn new things, develop language skills and it is a great bonding experience. It is also important to keep their books out during the day where they can reach them. Let your child know that reading is always a fun activity to do. Be sure to keep your child's library stocked with lots of great children's books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

To find out more about the children's author and illustrator Eric Carle you can visit his website by clicking here

You can purchase The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? at many major retailers for around $5.00-$12.00 each.

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