Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crazy for Carle

Maisie's first book that she loved (more like was obsessed with) was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. And boy, did she adore that book. We would read it over and over for an more than an hour and every time at the last page, when the little caterpillar finally turns into a butterfly, Maisie would sign "more" and eagerly wait for us to read it to her again (and again, and again). We would try to it mix it up a bit and read a different book, but that didn't go over too well. So "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" became her favorite book for a good few months. Looking at the book now, you could see how well it was loved; a bent spine, the corners chewed and multiple water stains scattered about on the cover. I thought about replacing it, but it's a reminder of where her love of reading started. 

We started noticing a trend that most of Maisie's favorite books were and are Eric Carle books. After "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" it was "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" after that "The Greedy Python" and so on and so forth with "The Very Quiet Cricket", "Mister Seahorse", "The Foolish Tortoise", "The Very Busy Spider" and to her current favorite "Panda Bear, Panda Bear". Maisie naturally gravitates to all his books, she must recognize the style because the minute she sees one, she gets so excited.

We currently have a decent collection of 11, but I would love to expand on her love for Eric Carle books. I have my eye out for a few, how cute are these ones on Barnes and Noble.com?
The Mixed up Chameleon 
The Tiny Seed
Pancakes, Pancakes
A House for Hermit Crab
Do you want to be my friend?
Rooster's off to see the world
The Grouchy Ladybug
Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Does a Kangaroo have a Mother too?
Today is Monday
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo
Papa please get the moon for me
and many, many more!

Phew, there are a ton of Eric Carle books! I have a feeling we may never complete the collection, but it will be fun to try!

Maisie's current collection...
Can you tell which ones were her firsts? 
Poor little Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Python & Cricket