The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children's bookshelves. On each page, we meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next: "Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me." This pattern is repeated over and over, until the pre-reader can chime in with the reader, easily predicting the next rhyme. One thing readers might not predict, however, is just what kinds of funny characters will make an appearance at the denouement! Children on the verge of reading learn best with plenty of identifiable images and rhythmic repetition. Eric Carle's good-humored style and colorful, bold illustrations (like those in The Very Hungry Caterpillar
, The Grouchy Ladybug
, and Have You Seen My Cat?
) have earned him a prominent place in the children's book hall of fame. (Baby to Preschool) --Emilie Coulter
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Carle's books all have an educational element they teach about animals, numbers, colours and nature but a big part of their appeal is that they are not didactic or laboured, but light and entertaining. There's warmth and humour there too (Junior
Carle's richly hued, collage-like art and gentle text will be comfortingly familiar to his numerous young devotees (Publishers Weekly
Eric Carle . . . has an unfailing magic. His gentle, glowing collages are satisfying for parent and child (The Times
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