Very Quiet Cricket
Review by: Laura
One warm day a
little cricket is born. He welcomed by a very big cricket who is
trying to teach the little cricket to say hello. The little
cricket tries to rub his wings together, but nothing happens, not one
He is greeted throughout the day by various
other insects. A locust whizzes by, then a praying mantis.
But even though the little cricket tried to answer them, he could
never make a sound. Next he comes upon a worm, a spittlebug and a
cicada. Each of them greets the tiny little cricket. The
little cricket really wanted to say hello, but he just couldn’t get
the sound to come out. He would not be discouraged. The
little cricket kept practicing all day long to say hello to each
different insect that he met.
The little cricket was enjoying the silence
that the night brings when a luna moth sailed quietly by. Then he
saw another cricket, who was also a very quiet little cricket just like
him. This time all of his practice paid off. When he rubbed
his wings together, he began to chirp! It was the most beautiful
sound the other little cricket had ever heard.
Eric Carle has illustrated the insects to be
very realistic looking. At the end of the book, there is a
mechanism that makes the cricket chirp. It sounds exactly like an
I recommend this book for children age 1
year and up.