Friday, October 2, 2020

Review of "The Very Quiet Cricket," by Eric Carle

 Review of

The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle ISBN 0399218858

Five out of five stars

A try again until success story

A cricket is born and explores the world around him. He encounters many different insects, all of which make some kind of species-specific noise. However, no matter how hard he tries, the cricket cannot make a sound. Frustration mounts as he instinctively knows that he should be able to do so. Finally, under the light of a full moon he encounters a female cricket and, in her opinion, makes the most beautiful cricket sound of all time.

 It is very helpful to read the short preamble before reading the main text. In that section, the reader learns that both genders of crickets can hear, but only the male can make a sound. This is a nice, very well illustrated story about a creature that we all hear chirping in the summer months. Had I known of it, I would have read this book to my daughter when she was young, and she would have loved it.

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