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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

by Eric Carle

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A clumsy young click beetle learns to land on its feet with encouragement from various animals and a wise old beetle. An electronic chip with a built-in battery creates clicking sounds to accompany the story.

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If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again![return][return]Eric Carle's beautiful drawings, a nice biology lesson, and a helpful reminder that it can take a lot of practice to learn to do something. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
Genre: modern fantasy
This is a great book because it is about how a wise click beetle teaches a young click beetle to flip over. These impossible interactions between these two insects and others are what make it a wonderful fantasy story for elementary school students. Throughout this story, the young beetle has to learn that it is important to have perseverance in order to accomplish great tasks. He tries several times to flip over but always lands on his back. Finally, though, with the help of the wise old click beetle, the young click beetle learns to flip over and land on his stomach. This picture book can be used for lower grade students and I will use it in classroom library to encourage my students to be inspired all the time. ( )
  LUOLINLIN | Apr 20, 2018 |
Another of Eric Carle's books where the characters are all animals. This story is about a click beetle who has to learn how to flip over from his back onto his feet. He keeps trying, but does not succeed. He meets many animals along the way to watch him, cheer him on, and encourage him to keep trying. Eventually the click beetle does flip over. He was able to learn how to do it himself through practicing and never giving up. Similar to Eric Carle's book, The Very Quiet Cricket, this clumsy beetle was trying to obtain a goal that needed to practice to succeed. Also like many of Carle's other books, his illustrations are in the form of collages of very bright colors. ( )
  rmajeau | Oct 2, 2017 |
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle is a story about a beetle who cannot flip over on his own. At the beginning of the book, the beetle ended up on his back and yelled out for help. He received help from an older click beetle who showed him how to flip back over. The beetle tried and tried again to show the flip to his friends but failed every time, making him look clumsy. Through his constant dedication, the beetle is able to flip with a "click" in the end. This book is modern fantasy.
  Jcadd13 | Apr 14, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite Eric Carle books. It even makes the clicking noise!! ( )
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
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A clumsy young click beetle learns to land on its feet with encouragement from various animals and a wise old beetle. An electronic chip with a built-in battery creates clicking sounds to accompany the story.

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When a little click beetle falls onto his back, it seeks the help of a wise old click beetle. "Look at me," says the more experienced click beetle, giving a loud CLICK and flipping onto its feet. But try as it might, the clumsy little click beetle just can't seem to land feet first--or can it?

In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle creates a winning story of perseverance and pride in achievement complete with an ingenious surprise that truly gives voice to the valiant little beetle as it CLICKs its way through the colorful pages and somersaults into your heart
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