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The Very Quiet Cricket [Japanese] [Board book]

Eric Carle
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 Aug 1997
A picture book about a little cricket that has lost its song, whose search for it is fruitless until he meets a chip. The author has also written "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "The Very Busy Spider", "Do You Want To Be My Friend" and "1,2,3 to the Zoo".
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Product details

  • Board book
  • Publisher: Kaiseisha/Tsai Fong Books (1 Aug 1997)
  • Language: Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 403237130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4032371307
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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A cricket is born who cannot talk! A bigger cricket welcomes him to the world, then a locust, a grasshopper and many other insects, but each time the tiny cricket rubs his wings together in vain: no sound emerges. In the end, however, he meets another quiet cricket, and manages to find his "voice". Children will love the repetitive text; the steady parade of new creatures (including "a spittlebug, slurping in a sea of froth"); and of course the happy ending. This is one of a series of Eric Carle books with a mechanical twist: in this case, the quiet cricket bursts into (surprisingly authentic) electronic song as you turn the last page. (The battery is replaceable.) An amusement for the ears, but most ofall--as ever with Carle--a feast for the eyes. The colourful cut-paper illustrations are simply gorgeous, drawing you in even on the hundredth reading. (And there will be a hundredth reading, followed by many more.) (Ages 0 to 4 years) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.

About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold around the world. --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.

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The Very Quiet Cricket is one of a number of books by the illustrator Eric Call, which tells the tale of growth and passage of time in the life of an insect, other books include, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Lonely Firefly. Like the other books The Very Quiet Cricket is beautifully illustrated throughout, and keeps the surprise until the very end, when we turn the final page to hear the soft chirp of the cricket.The story is held together by the employment of the same pattern throughout, greeting from another insect in his own manner, and then the cricket's desire and failure to return a reply. This scheme allows the child to predict the story and join in, and as such feel an active part in the telling of the tale. The child can also see the growth of the cricket throughout the story, from the tiny hatchling at sunrise to the full-grown cricket in the moonlight, with each page we can see him grow larger on the page with the passage of time.
It is certainly a book which is appealing enough to be read over and over again, and indeed with familiarity with the story will possibly make it even more attractive, particularly anticipating the cricket's chirp at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 4 Jan 2014
By JC
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These books are brilliant easy to read and very colourful. They attract kids to reading which I think is wonderful
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book with sound 24 Dec 2013
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The story is wonderful. I read it to my reception class regularly. However two recent purchases had a problem with the sound. This is crucial to the effect if this story. It worked intermittently and both had to be returned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 14 Oct 2013
By Brai
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If using at bedtime and have the lights down low, the cricket wont make a noise as its activated by light
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Quiet Cricket. 29 Sep 2013
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This book is very good as it has the sound effect to which children in the early years respond very well. It captures their attention as they have to be very quiet to listen to the sound of the cricket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet 30 Aug 2013
By Noor
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Gave few of Eric Carle books to my niece when she was under two. We loved reading from it.

It is great book. She loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound effect 13 Aug 2013
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The sound effect on the last page really enhances the story. I love this story anyway and it's really easy for little hands to hold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 19 July 2013
By rwdm
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This had gone down very well with our grandchildren, who love the story and the surprise of the noise at the end. Eric Carle's books are favourites here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely book, although the sound feature on the back page didn't work when it arrived. Disappointing. Amazon sent a replacement straight away though.
Published 24 days ago by Stephanie Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Quiet Cricket: Board Book
What a lovely book and great for the classroom as we had some real pet crickets. It was in very good condition for a second hand book and what a lovely surprise I had when I opened... Read more
Published 13 months ago by miss andrea j kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Crickets!
This book was purchased to share with my class during our topic - minibeasts - they loved the story and the sound effects at the end of the book.
Published 15 months ago by C Rowling
4.0 out of 5 stars The very quiet classroom of very quiet children...
This story allowed children to further develop their listening and attention skills as they eagerly awaited for the Cricket to make it's first sound and communicate with others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. Kayleigh J. Nisbet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Quiet Cricket
We love this book. My 2 year old cannot wait to get to the end so that he can hear the crickets chirping. Illustrations are on the same principle as the Hungry Caterpillar. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by Pal
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book with added sounds.
My son loves Eric Carle and we had gotten this book out of the library. He was upset when we realised that the sound of the cricket on the last page didn't work and you could not... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Jules
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