August 19, 2020

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

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 favourite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

Your child will meet many bugs during this adventure and salute many of them, while learning that it is okay not to be able to do everything when you are young. You will learn in time and it is really okay.

You will enjoy reading this book to your child, and you can listen to the book from this video as well.

Here are some activity recommendations for you to enjoy with your child, in regards to the book.
  • Observe some bugs in the nature with your children. You can take a magnifier and look for some bugs in the garden or a park.
  • Draw some bugs on a paper, paint them and cut them. Place them on the flowers you draw and make them talk to each other.
  • Make the sounds of each bug and try to talk, mimic them and have fun!
  • Talk about all unique specifications of the bugs and tell each other how nice to appreciate the differences of all the bugs and how they complete each other.
  • You can talk about how your child was not capable of doing simple things when he or she was a baby and now that he can do many things that he has grown up so much... 

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