In the Tall, Tall Grass
In the Tall, Tall Grass
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Annotation: If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunnyafternoon, what would you see? This backyard tour is one no child will want to miss.
Catalog Number: #34328
Format: Perma-Bound Big Book
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 1991
Edition Date: 1993
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-2950-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-2950-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 90026444
Dimensions: 45 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
A small boy watches a caterpillar make its way through 'the tall, tall grass' near his home. Along the way, the insect meets many creatures, including snakes, moles, fireflies, and bats. Sixty-one jaunty words describing the animals' movements and sounds frolic about the pages. A charming book, with bright, textured illustrations.
Publishers Weekly
Singling out the ``array of vibrant verbs and boisterous onomatopeia'' and the ``kaleidoscope effect'' of the textured paper collages, PW called Caldecott Honor artist Fleming's caterpillar safari ``ideal for sharing with young explorers.'' Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-K-- Bold, bright, stylized collage illustrations capture the eye and the imagination as they depict the simple, rhyming text of this outstanding nature tale. From a caterpillar's point-of-view, children see the many happenings in the tall, tall grass: ``crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch/dart, dip, hummingbirds sip'' etc. Bees and birds, ants and snakes are among the daytime inhabitants. Then, with the ``stars bright, moonlight'' come nocturnal fireflies and bats: ``good night, tall, tall grass.'' The childlike illustrations were created by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils, resulting in remarkable images. Colors--shaded and varied--range full spectrum, deep and true through sunny yellow, cobalt, plum, a dozen shades of green. On each double page appears the blue-eyed, yellow-with-orange-spots caterpillar, always in proper perspective to the other creatures. Two-year-olds (and even younger) will enjoy the rhyme and rhythm, three-year-olds exploring numbers will love counting insects, four-year-olds--who are sure they can ``read''--will experience success after a few listenings, and adults won't mind the request, ``Read it again, please.'' A real charmer. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* A terrific story-hour book. As day turns to night, a caterpillar crunches and munches his way through the tall, tall grass. Along the way, he watches hummingbirds dart and dip; ants lug, pull and tug; and snakes slip, slide, and glide. Using a staccato text, Fleming nevertheless manages to evoke both the creatures who live in the grass and the way they spend their time. The two-page spreads that reveal all these goings-on are impressionistic in execution and boldly colored in grassy greens, sunny yellows, and evening blues, making the art easily accessible--and appealing. Besides a treat for eyes and ears, this can be used as an introductory nature lesson. (Reviewed Oct. 1, 1991)
Word Count: 61
Reading Level: 1.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 7857 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.5 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q05811
Lexile: NP

If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see? To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees and birds--hip-hopping bunnies too. You'll even hear the sounds some of them make. Crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch... Crack, snap, wings flap... Beginning as the sun is high in the sky and ending as fireflies blink and the moon rises above, this backyard tour is one no child will want to miss. Denise Fleming's In the Tall, Tall Grass has been named: 1992 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books An ALA Notable Book A School Library Journal Best Book An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists A Booklist Editors' Choice

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