We love Eric Carle books at our house - how could you not? Our favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a favorite for many. Wild Thing (whose 2.5) has always loved it, and I'm pretty sure "cocoon" was among his first words. He loves now to help me read it to the baby, since he knows it so well. He especially loves listing the fruits!
We also love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? which Carle illustrated and Bill Martin Jr. wrote, and we recently got really into The Very Quiet Cricket inspired by Toddler Approved's Virtual Book Club and Blog Hop.
I think the reason Wild Thing loves the books so much is not only the artwork, but the repetition in the books, which makes them easy for him to follow and to "read along." He's at an age where he likes to "read" the books himself. When we read The Very Quiet Cricket, he loved ending every page with "not a sound."
There are many other great Eric Carle books, and we used them a lot when I ran an after-school program because they encourage literacy, and lent themselves to great extension activities - especially science and art.
We've been looking forward to this week and had so many activities planned!! Unfortunately, Wild Thing got sick. Once he got better, I got sick, and now that I'm almost better, the baby is sick. Hopefully, though, we'll be sharing the ways that we Eat, Draw and Learn with Eric Carle books this week!! (If we can all just stop getting sick!!!)
Please drop me a line and let me know which Eric Carle book is your favorite (and what do you do when mommy is sick)?
Plus, if you've done an activity inspired by Eric Carle, link up! Don't forget to see what the other Linky Party hosts are doing to celebrate Eric Carle.
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