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Product Details

  • Board book: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; Slp edition (Aug. 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039924204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399242045
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 6.8 x 13.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career.

Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched.

Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions. The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

© 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin Laverdure on May 5 2011
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Very Little Library

I love the stories and images in the books provided in Eric Carle's Very Little Library. However, despite being cardboard books, one of the books had pages stuck together and part of the picture of one page tore when trying to separate them. I was also disappointed that the Lonely Firefly book didn't come with batteries for the back page that lights up.
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very happy with my purchase. Ordered many products in the same day and this was the first to arrive. Packaging was in mint condition and was everything that i was expecting.
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By Krista on June 24 2015
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Fun stories at a great price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 14 2004
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Of course, these Eric Carle books are gems. Each story is fun because they are interactive. Lights flash at the end of Very Lonely Firefly, and the intricate paging of Very Hungry Caterpillar are great for baby and toddler fingers. But try and buy these seperately, and I'm telling you that you just can not beat the price of this boxed set. It is a great, great, deal. This makes a perfect gift for a baby shower, or birthday. Since the books are the board edition you know that they will last a while too.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
A really great buy Jan. 14 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
Of course, these Eric Carle books are gems. Each story is fun because they are interactive. Lights flash at the end of Very Lonely Firefly, and the intricate paging of Very Hungry Caterpillar are great for baby and toddler fingers. But try and buy these seperately, and I'm telling you that you just can not beat the price of this boxed set. It is a great, great, deal. This makes a perfect gift for a baby shower, or birthday. Since the books are the board edition you know that they will last a while too.
92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
three great books Nov. 21 2006
By A. Yelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
My little guy loves these books. He chews, drools and yanks on the pages and the books are unaffected.

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Very Little Library: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Busy Spider
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic. May 10 2007
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
This is a good set. My kids (under 5) already loved the Very Hungry Catepillar and now they won't stop having us read the other two. Each one is unique. The Catepillar book shows everything a caterpillar has eaten, the Spider book lets you feel the fuzzy spider webs, and the firefly book lights up at night. Great fun.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My favorite children's author Jan. 30 2011
By hg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I'm a second grade teacher. This is my favorite children's author, and it's rare to find this set in a bookstore. While these are board books with great artwork by the author, perfect for very young children, the kids will keep loving them well into their school years. And as they grow, there is more in the books for them: They include skills to learn like counting, reading a clock face, knowing colors, understanding metamorphosis (a standard for 1st or 2nd grade, depending on your state), and they are just FULL of morals. If you like these, you should also search out The Very Grouchy Ladybug, The Mixed Up Chameleon (camouflage is also a main theme for many second grade curricula), and A House for Hermit Crab, among others by Eric Carle. I highly recommend this author!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ordered as a gift for an expectant mother/ friend Dec 3 2009
By M. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I didn't actually see the boxed book set, but I heard from my friend and she loved it! She'd heard great things about the series for children and asked for it specifically. So, for speedy delivery and for my friend's happiness with the product, I'm giving this purchase a good review. Thanks a lot!


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