Eric Carle is a virtuoso of picture books for young children, best known for his enormously popular picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He lives in Massachusetts, USA, where he has opened the acclaimed Eric Carles Museum of Picture Book Art to feature both his work and that of other esteemed children's book artists. You can visit him online at www.eric-carle.com
PreS-A feast of color from the cutout letters of the title to the endpapers. The repetitious text is perfect for the toddler set. "Does a lion have a mother, too? Yes! A LION has a mother. Just like me and you." The text is repeated on every spread as the author showcases a dozen different animal mothers and their babies. The question, "And do animal mothers love their babies?" is answered on the last page: "YES! YES! Of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies, just as yours loves you." The vibrant artwork is classic Carle and should delight its audience. A concluding page lists terms for each animal baby, mother, father, and group. This book could be combined with Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic, 1989) for a great Mother's Day storyhour.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"YES! A kangaroo has a mother. Just like you and me," responds Carle to the query posed by the title of his latest collage-filled book. Ten additional, identically phrased questions and answers follow, each centered on a different animal, including the lion, penguin, swan, bear, elephant and monkey. This limited, singsong text may make reading aloud repetitious, but Carle's collages are as vibrant and refreshing as ever. Innovative textures, quirky perspectives and glowing, jewel tones mark these stylized images of affectionate animal mothers and their endearing young. The final query ("And do animal mothers love their babies?") breaks the narrative pattern, though the rejoinder is just as predictable: "YES! YES! Of course they do. Animal mothers love their babies, just as yours loves you." Though this will likely not be the perennial favorite among Carle's creations, it has an appealing twinkle. At book's end is a roundup of the specific names of each animal baby, its parents and group name (e.g., for sheep: the baby is a lamb, a ewe and ram are its parents, a group is a flock). Ages 3-6. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.