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The Very Quiet Cricket (1990)
by Eric Carle
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#1468 in our old book database. Rated: Indifferent
Eric Carle once again employs too much repetition. Here a cricket meets nine different insects but is frustrated again and again that he cannot reply to their greetings with a chirp. It's only when he gets horny that he finally finds his song, which is a bit ick.
Side note: This book has an electronic component, but the battery in our copy has died after twenty years and there doesn't seem to be any way to replace it even if we wanted to.
The cricket wanted to say hello. So he rubbed his wings together. Nothing happened! Not a sound!
It's OK, little cricket! Nothing wrong with being an introvert.
Very good condition
As always, this Eric Carle story did not disappoint. It tells the cute story of a little cricket finding his "chirp". The other characters in the story that the cricket encounters are other bugs going about their daily business. However, he is unable to communicate with them due his rubbing legs/wings not allowing him to make a sound yet. He continues further, however, meeting all new kinds of bugs. At the very end, he was able to make a sound, his chirp when he meets another girl cricket.
A very quiet cricket who wants to rub his wings together and make a sound as do so many other animals finally achieves his wish. The cricket's sound is reproduced at the end of the book.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
Picture books for children
Big and bold
Repetition in stories
Silence and silent things