Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books

"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth

Fall 2002 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
ISBN: 0-399-23954-5
Paperback Price: $16.99
We first meet Eric Carle's seductive sloth as it slowly, slowly, slowly crawls along the branch of a tree in a South American rain forest. It is as active as the lethargic beast ever gets on the thirteen double-page spreads that comprise this enchanting work. While the sloth chills out, a parade of exotic jungle birds and beasts happens by to liven things up. Artist Carle's wondrously bold and bright pictures (painted tissue-paper collages) are guaranteed to entrance the youngest listener/viewers who will probably be seeing a Coati and a Tapir, as well as some two dozen other denizens of the rain forest, for the first time. Carle's indolent sloth may well match The Hungry Caterpillar in popularity-slowly, slowly, slowly, of course.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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