What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?Lots of noise!Children will chant the rhythmic words. They’ll make the sounds the animals make. And they’ll pretend tobethe zoo animals featured in the book—look at the last page!Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children’s education and children’s illustrations.
This collaboration, their first since the classicBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?(published more than thirty years ago and still a bestseller) shows two masters at their best.
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Eric Carle is an award-winning, children's picture book author and illustrator whose most recognized work is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book. Carle was born to German parents in 1929 in Syracuse, New York. The family returned to Germany in 1935, moving to a suburb of Stuttgart. Carle disliked high school, quitting at the age of 16 before graduation. He was admitted as the youngest student to the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, an art school. After finishing at the Akademie, he worked as a poster designer for the U.S. Information Center in Germany until 1952, when he moved back to New York City. He was a graphic designer at the New York Times and later worked as an art director at L.W. Frohlich & Co. In 1963, Bill Martin, Jr. saw a poster of a red lobster that Carle had designed and asked him to illustrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, thus launching his freelance career. Among his many children's books are Hello, Red Fox, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and Pancakes, Pancakes!