What I love most about the children’s books by Eric Carle is their appeal to the eyes and to the ears. The words are easy to read and remember, while the pictures are illustrated in great sizes and wonderful colors. Parents, like me, who read aloud to children, will find his books as reliable materials for bonding time with children sans television and its distracting array of commercials. Here are seven children’s books by Eric Carle that my children and I both enjoy:
1. A Very Hungry Caterpillar
The most famous along all children’s books by Eric Carle, A Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story of the caterpillar's metamorphosis into a butterfly – written with simple words and accompanied by colorful pictures. It’s a good book for very young children (I started reading it to my twins when they were still inside me) because it features the different kinds of food the caterpillar ate before it enclosed itself in a cocoon and later came out as a butterfly.
2. Rooster's off to See the World
Rooster leaves home to see the world and met two cats, three frogs, four turtles, and five fish along the way. But one by one, his newly-found friends left and went home as they were hungry and cold. What happened to this rooster? Read it in this colorful book that teaches children about numbers and sets.
3. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Monica asked her Papa a tough request: to get the moon for her! But with a very long ladder placed on top of a very high mountain, Papa managed to reach the moon. Was he able to bring the moon to Monica for her to play with it? This can be a bedtime book that introduces your child to the different phases of the moon. But be ready to answer questions like: “Why is the moon getting smaller and smaller?”
4. Pancakes! Pancakes!
What Jack had to do to get pancakes for breakfast is featured in this book. I especially love this because it makes children see the hard work that goes in making even just one pancake. It’s also a simple instructional book in cooking pancakes.
5. A House for Hermit Crab
Join Hermit Crab as he searched for and discovered a new home for himself. His adventure is one-of-a-kind where he meets different sea creatures who become his friends. It’s a great book for teaching the 12 months of the year. The next time you go to the beach, your child will remember this story.
6. The Grouchy Ladybug
The graphic design, layout, and illustrations of this book are just exciting! There are flaps that show a certain time of the day with a specific animal that the grouchy ladybug bumped into in her proud quest to find someone big to fight with. There's a lot of animals in this book; you won’t run out of things to say!
7. The Mixed up Chameleon
A simple story about being careful about what you wish for because you might just get it. It’s a story that subtly sends the message that you are made just the way you are and you don't need to be someone else to be happy. Good book to start inculcating that lesson to your children.
What other books by Eric Carle do you like? Do you like other authors of children’s books? Who are they?