Eric Carle and L. Frank Baum - Rooster's Off to See the World: Book and Stamp Set

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Roosters off to See the World... but hen should've packed

Nov 1, 2001 (Updated Jan 22, 2003)
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Pros:Captivating illustrations and excellent numerical graphs.

Cons:~*~

The Bottom Line: Written and illustrated in 1972 by Eric Carle, Roosters off to See the World was created as stimulus for children becoming familiar with numbers.


Eric maintains a heart desire for children to enjoy school more than he did. He was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929 and was moved to Germany at 6 years of age. Sad, he longed to return to the United States of America and dreamed of constructing a bridge from Germany to America. Upon completion of this bridge, he would take his Grandmother’s hand and walk back to the land he yearned for.

In 1952 he returned to the United States of America, bringing with him memories that would later serve to launch many remarkable publications. Initially working as a graphic designer and art director of an advertising agency, Carle combined forces with Bill Martin, Jr. to offer Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Truly, this author is one of my favorite child fiction writers. His books captivate the listening audience 16 months and up. Adults tend to admire his colorful illustrations nearly as much as that of the younger crowd.

This illustrator provides beautiful collage pictures. Using paints, Eric paints over colored tissue paper with acrylic paint. The method of application varies from brushes, to fingertips, or sponges and such. Upon drying, these pieces are stored color-coded drawers. He then cuts out shapes from the colored papers to create the scenes and characters.

Roosters off to See the World
Author: Eric Carle
ISBN: 0887080421

Written and illustrated in 1972 by Eric Carle, Roosters off to See the World was created as stimulus for children becoming familiar with numbers. Eric Carle admits to always being more of a philosopher than a mathematician, and hopes that books such as this will aid the child who has difficulties with numbers as specific symbols. One of the most profound reasons for this fabulous authors plunge into juvenile fiction stems from his personal fascination of the period in a child’s life when he/she leaves home for school, and feels his books provide a good bridge for this precious time.

Within this 28-page tale, Rooster ventures off to see the world. Along the way, he invites other animals to join his excursion. It soon becomes clear that prior planning would have helped. Rooster forget to pack the basic necessities – AKA: food and shelter – and as nightfall sets, everyone abruptly departs. Thus providing a terrific mathematical opportunity.

To help with the concept of addition and subtraction (or numerical familiarization) we find a strategically placed white squares in the upper right-hand corner of most two-page layouts. This provides a wonderful counting graph for visual reinforcement. Within these squares we see a black figure. This figure resembles each animal represented in Roosters off to See the World.

Layout one has one rooster square
Layout two has one rooster square, two cat squares
Layout three has one rooster square, two cat squares, three frog squares
Layout four has one Rooster Square, two cat squares, three frog squares, four turtle squares
Layout five has one rooster square, two cat squares, three frog squares, four turtle squares, five fish squares
Layout seven has one Rooster Square, two cat squares, three frog squares, four turtle squares
Layout eight has one rooster square, two cat squares, three frog squares
Layout nine has one rooster square, two cat squares
Layout ten has one rooster square

Final Thoughts
This delightful publication offers read aloud splendor for the young child. It is common to observe Eric Carle become an author of focus within 1st grade classrooms. Seeing that text is easily digested by those reading at 1st – 2nd grade levels, this is an easy concept to consume. Couple the appealing text with the captivating illustrations, and we receive a true reading delight!

My oldest daughter devoured all publications by this fine author. And now, Marisa (6 years old ~ 1st grade) is ever more fond of this child fiction artist. In fact she just brought home a creative self-authored story in which the illustrations were arrived by utilizing the paint collage technique. This proud Mom clearly conjures… “Mr. Carle, you have hit the mark of sparking school adoration and writing splendor!”

I highly recommend Roosters off to See the World!

Other Eric Carle Splendor
Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother Too?
Little Cloud
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle )
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A House for Hermit Crab
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Draw Me a Star
Do You Want to Be My Friend?


Happy Reading!
2001 Lisa_J


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