The World of Eric Carle(TM) Eric Carle Animal Flash Cards Cards – Aug 15 2006
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With over 65 million books in print in 32 languages, Eric Carle is one of the most beloved children's book illustrators. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world. SinceThe Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books.
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A: alligator; B: buffalo; C: caterpillar; D: duck; E: elephant; F: flamingo (even though there is a picture of a frog on the box); G: giraffe; H: hippo; I: iguana; J: jellyfish; K: kangaroo; L: lion; M: monkey; N: narwhal; O: octopus; P: peacock; Q: quetzal; R: rhinoceros; S: snake; T: turtle; U: urchins; V: vulture; W: walrus; X: xolo (xoloitzcuintli, Mexican hairless dog); Y: yak; Z: zebra.
The reasons I gave this a 4 star and not 5 star. First, X is for xolo, which I can't pronounce, and comes with an explanation. If an explanation is needed, I don't think it was a good choice. X-ray fish could have been used as an alternative. Second, the letters are in a sans serif font. So, the capital letter 'I' looks like a lower case 'L'. I think the font is fine generally, but they should have adjusted the 'I' specifically.
Those are minor complaints, overall I think this is a great set.
This is saying alot, for my whirlwind of a son ;-) -- for instance, his preference for reading books/looking at these cards, is that we are actively moving at the SAME time!!!-- we may be both standing on our heads -- or building Lego towers -- or throwing a ball -- Because of his learning style, I feel the added interest of the colors was a help in gaining/retaining his attention. He comments on the colors, and asks if the letters are 'swimming' (some of the watercolors have a lovely 'water/wave-like' appearance!). The colors also aided in providing initial distinction between similar-in-appearance letters (capital E and B, or, Q and O --for instance). With a couple times of practice, he was able to easily distinguish the differences (without the color aid), but this was a helpful 'beginning' boost for us.
My daughter also learned the alphabet with these cards, and still loves them, because of the beautifully portrayed animals! (She, thankfully, did not learn them standing on her head - bottom in mid-air -- she learned them cuddling in bed with mommy --gee, you have to love girls! ;-) -- but my son is the best weight-loss program EVER! ;-)
ps - PLEASE do not forget to enjoy the adorable (and sometimes, exotic) animals on the back! (I will never forget when my daughter told her Grandma about a 'Quetzel bird' -- and Grandma thought she was making it up! ;-) -- my one criticism of the animals is the 'Giraffe', I wish it had been 'Gorilla' perhaps, since I like to teach that 'G' sound first . . . but this is a pretty minor complaint -- and the Giraffe is too cute anyway!
Overall, a beautiful and study product- this is a real deal for the price.