The Very Quiet Cricket

The Very Quiet Cricket

by Eric Carle

Board Book(Lap-sized Board Book)

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A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello—the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .

As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise—an actual chirp!

Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

Batteries are replaceable. Please use two 1.5 volt L1131 button cell batteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399226847
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/19/1997
Edition description: Lap-sized Board Book
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 57,924
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.13(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range: 1 - 3 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.


Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York


Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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The Very Quiet Cricket 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my all time favorite books as a child thats why I picked it out to read. I love how the publisher incorporated sound towards the end of the book so children can actually hear the song that a cricket makes while rubbing his wings together. This is a book that will teach children to never give up and keep trying till you have gotten it. The cricket in this story comes in contact a bunch of different insects and tries to talk to them by rubbing his wings together but he can't make a sound. Then at the end of the book he tries again to another cricket and he could finally make the sound of a song.
booschnoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of Fantasy because it has insects that talk. It brings the reader into a world where this is a possibility. Stars: CharacterAge: Primary
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a cricket that could not make a sound til the end of the book. Along the way he meets all kinds of other bugs
lmbenji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Eric Carle book really sums up some of the 5 senses. The cricket tries to respond to all the surrounding animals but when he tries, no sound can be made. Finally, when a female cricket comes along, he is finally able to make a sound and it is the best sound she has ever heard. I remember loving the fact that in the end the cricket can make a sound teaching children that even those with the lowest and shyest voices can be heard!
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A newborn cricket ventures out into the world discovering his inability to make a sound crickets make when rubbing their wings together. Finally, when night falls, he runs into a female cricket and instantly he sings a sweet song.
MelAKnee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The quiet cricket cannot understand why he is unable to say hello to all the other bugs that cross his path. Perplexed by this, he continues along his way until he meets another tiny female cricket. Suddenly, he is able to make his chirp and has finally found a friend.
ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new cricket is born and throughout the day he is greeted by many other insects. The Very Quiet Cricket tried to rub his wings together to greet back, but he just couldn't make a sound. Finally, by the end of the night he met a female cricket and when greeting her he was finally able to make a sound! This book teaches different sounds made by several insects, also showing their habitats. The illustrations clearly show what each different insect looks like, though it is not a photograph!
megross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a cricket that can not make any noise. He meets many different animals butcant make any noise. He then meets another cricket at the end of the book and is finally able to make a beautiful chirp.
ht107821 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a really great way of starting out my reviews. You can do so much interaction with the childern in this book. Whether it is talking about the noise that a cricket or animals make or even a voice - response activity. The book repeats its words so that by just a few pages being read the children will get the few words such as "rubbing his wings together, but nothing happened not a sound. " The children will interact with you and love to answer the rest of the book for you. In the cricket finally gets his voice and it sounds out the sound in the very last page. The children will love it! The story line is very simple, a cricket it born and cant find his voice but, then evenutally does. This will be a delight to children who are very shy and not as outgoing as other to know that not only did the little cricket find his voice but, they will soon too. The story will be a very good way to be an ice breaker in the class as well as other extention ideas for teachers to use in the class.
alprince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little cricket who could not make a sound. Every morning all the animals came up to the cricket and greeted him. The cricket wanted to respond each time some animal came up to him but when he rubbed his wings together nothing happened. He could not make a sound. Throughout the book lots of animals/creatures came up to the cricket but he was never able to make a sound until another cricket came up to him. He tried once more and when he rubbed his wings together he made a beautiful chirping sound. This is a great book for children who feel like giving up. The little cricket kept trying eventhough he failed many times. I would read this book to children in 1st or 2nd grade.
wendyfincher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a baby cricket who meets new insects throughout his day. Each time he meets a new insect they are friendly and say hello. When the cricket tries to respond by rubbing his wings together nothing happens. However, the cricket was growing through the day. By that evening ,when he met a female cricket ,he tried rubbing his wings together and sang a beautiful song for her. This is a level 2 book. This book has some repetitive words and is a great read for beginner readers.
rachelsticka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think Eric Carle's strength is his illustrations. Using a tissue-paper collage, he makes amazing images for his books. I think that children could create their own story, following Carle's media and use of animals in his stories. Or each child could create a different page of his book.
kelasater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a baby cricket and the trouble with his wings. As he goes through the day, he sees many other insects that tell him "Hello" and he wants to respond, but when he rubs his wings together, no sound occurs. At the very end of the day, he meets another quiet cricket and when he rubs his wings together, a beautiful sound finally occurs.
tlelm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a young cricket and his struggles to be heard in society. He tries to talk to different creatures who say hello and good day, but when he rubs his legs together nothing happens. One night when he sees another cricket he is able to make a beautiful sound.
nboria05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book for early childhood use! The story goes on as you get to meet all different kinds of animals and hear what kinds of noises they make. You could also have a conversation with children on how we say hello and proper introductions. And of course at the end is the famous cricket noise that children love!
debbspink More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter and my classroom when I was teaching. They all loved it, especially the surprise at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didn't work. There was no cricket sound at the end of the story. I had to spend money to return it. Was very disappointed. I am sure that is rare.
grandmaGA More than 1 year ago
This story is written so well that my granchildren love to hear it read over and over. The "suspense" builds with each page and they love it! Will the very quiet cricket ever be able to make a noise? As a grandmother, I never tire of reading it. It also teches the names of some other insects. Buy it! You'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aside from this being a cute story, my 12 month old son loves this book because of the chirping the cricket does at the end of the story. He will find the book and open to the last page to hear the chirping and then he proudly shows us what he has found.
swillard More than 1 year ago
It's a little long and repetitive but my son loves it! He just turned two and he likes to say "But nothing happened, not a sound." Then we chirp at the end. I use the book I had when I was a kid and it's still going strong with the chirping. Must be a good battery. This book is a wonderful addition to your collection.
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WP_Mom More than 1 year ago
My kids (4 & 2 years old) both love this one. I think it has to do with how the little cricket has to try and try to succeed, just like them, and also the nice cricket noises at the end. Plus boys love bugs (they're both boys.) Usual Eric Carle quality illustrations. Good for bedtime since the cricket noise (unlike the Thomas books that make noise) does not make them get over-excited!
Rhaylin More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! I remember reading it when I was a child and now I can read it to my son. The only bummer was that I ordered online and when the book arrived the battery was dead so I had to go out and buy more batteries.