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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (Eric Carle's Very Series) (edition 1999)

by Eric Carle

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Title:The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (Eric Carle's Very Series)
Authors:Eric Carle
Info:Philomel (1999), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages

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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle



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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 |
Summary: This book started off with a very clumsy click beetle that went about its day as usual and all of a sudden one night while getting ready for climb up a true to go to sleep the beetle fell on its back and couldn't flip back over on to its feet. Another older and wiser beetle came along and taught the young clumsy beetle how to flip over from its back to its feet.

Personal Reaction: I loved this book not only because it teaches one to never give up. Just keep trying and stay motivated and anything is possible even if you have self doubt. Another reason I like this book is because in the author notes you can learn alot about Click Beetles which is very helpful; especially if you're not quite familiar with bugs and beetles.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. I would let the kids make the "Click" sound each time the clumsy beetle tries to flip over. 2. I would let the students draw a Click Beetle and tell what they liked about the story and hang the drawings up. ( )
  miraclerussell | Feb 13, 2013 |
This is a great story about perseverance and friendship. A young click beetle falls onto his back and is unsure how to flip back. He meets a variety of animals along the way that give him encouraging words and belief that he can figure it out. In the end, he does! This story could be used in the classroom to talk about how words can be used for helping and how nice words create friendship. This story can also be used to teach perseverance and the idea of goals and achieving those goals. ( )
  markauch | Dec 12, 2012 |
A clumsy click beetle can't turn on his feet when he is positioned on his back. An older beetle teaches the young beetle how to click and flip on its feet. The younger beetle tries over and over again but still can't do it. An earthworm, turtle, mouse,and snail encourage the beetle that he can do it. Eventually, with all the teaching and encouraging he learned how to click and flip on his feet. When someone is down, encourage them to do better. ( )
  mburgess | Sep 30, 2012 |
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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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Eric Carle first published The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 1969, fully intending to create a series of interactive creature books for children. The beloved busy spider, quiet cricket, and lonely firefly books followed, but the artist's quest was not truly complete until The Very Clumsy Click Beetle was born. Carle, who says he'd rather watch a bug attempt to climb over a pebble than join an expedition to Mount Everest, appreciates the small things in life: the Eyed Elator (Alaus oculatus), to be exact--unremarkable except for that when this beetle falls on its back, it can't roll over to get up. Instead, it will stretch and release a snap mechanism that clicks and flips the beetle through the air, and ideally, back onto its feet.

The very clumsy click beetle has no trouble with the clicking and flipping part, but it does have trouble landing on its feet. The young beetle tries and tries again, encouraged by an ambling turtle, a slithering snail, and a scurrying mouse. Finally, when a curious boy approaches, the beetle takes coaching from a wise old click beetle ("QUICK, CLICK and FLIP!") and succeeds. Children will love the bright, bold, tissue-paper illustrations that tell this story of perseverance, as well as--of course--the unusual clicking sound (emanating from an electronic chip with built-in battery and light sensor) that accompanies this playful book. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Eric Carle. Permission of Philomel Books.) (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson

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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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