I have a great love for Eric Carle’s books since the first time I read it to my son. I love the way he teaches and describes important facts of life, through the illustrations, especially the use of vibrant colours.
I am listing my favorite books by Eric Carle and the memories and lessons we learned together as mother and child.
The Tiny Seed
“Carried from its flower home by the autumn wind, a tiny seed travels around the world. Its journey is perilous, and the reader learns the fate of fellow seeds: they can fall into the ocean, be burned by the sun, or be eaten by birds. Even those seeds that land and begin to grow are in danger of being stepped on or picked. Against the odds, however, this tiny seed survives to grow into a grand, beautiful flower, ready, in turn, to send its seeds out into the world on the wind.”
Why I like it: It teaches the child nature and how a tiny seed gets to grow into a beautiful flower. Also makes child realize how nature works. Making them more aware of what is around them.
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The Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle’s classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums—and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!
Why I like it: Teaches the child the life cycle of a butterfly as well as counting (amount of food the caterpillar eats).
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The Grouchy Ladybug
Bad tempered Ladybug challenges every animal it comes across. Eventually fixing his behavior after his journey.
Why I like it: Teaches kids about having good manners and proper behavior. On the way it teaches kids time and realization what a day means.
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Papa, please get the moon for me:
A father is willing to get the moon for his beloved little girl. Along with a heartwarming tale about love, children learn nature’s cycles. Originally written by the author for his own daughter. Color illustrations and collages throughout. Monica’s father fulfills her request for the moon by taking it down after it is small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size. Some pages fold out to display particularly large pictures.
Why I like it: Teaches kids phases of the moon. It was tons of fun going out at night with my kids watching the moon while it disappears and reappears.
The barnyard rooster crows and Jack wakes up — hungry, of course! What does he want for breakfast? A big pancake! But first, Jack’s mother needs flour from the mill, an egg from the black hen, milk from the spotted cow, butter churned from fresh cream, and firewood for the stove. Will Jack ever get his pancake?
Why I like it: It teaches children the whole concept of where food comes from. Goes through all the ingredients and the recipe. After reading this book, he stated to ask me for pancakes just like Jack’s. Still today he eats his pancakes with strawberry on top.