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Library : Book Reviews > The Very Quiet...

The Very Quiet Cricket
Eric Carle

Review by: Laura Wood

     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 little sound.
     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 actual cricket.
      I recommend this book for children age 1 year and up.

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