A bright and worthy addition to the board-book stack. (Board book. 1-3)

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IF YOU SEE A COW

Little ones learn how to greet animals.

This board book is a series of double-page spreads, each with a flap and a call-and-response scenario. For example, readers are prompted: "If you see a sheep...." Upon lifting the flap that reveals the sheep (here hiding behind a well), the text commands them to say "BAA!" It's a good read for youngsters discovering their voices and figuring out all the different sounds they can make. The simple illustrations and palette of primary colors enhance the appeal to the audience. Older readers can use the illustrations’ solid lines and shapes as models for when they start to learn how to draw. Each scenario smartly puts other animals in the frame, so repeat reads will reveal dogs, chickens, mice, and other animals that have easily identifiable noises readers can vocalize. Companion title If You See a Tiger follows the same format with exotic animals.

A bright and worthy addition to the board-book stack. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 5, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0112-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2015

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver.

EEK! HALLOWEEN!

The farmyard's chickens experience Halloween.

A round, full moon shines in the sky, and the chickens of Boynton's barnyard are feeling “nervous.” Pumpkins shine “with flickering eyes,” witches and wizards wander the pastures, and one chicken has seen “a mouse of enormous size.” It’s Halloween night, and readers will delight as the chickens huddle together and try to figure out what's going on. All ends well, of course, and in Boynton's trademark silly style. (It’s really quite remarkable how her ranks of white, yellow-beaked chickens evoke rows of candy corn.) At this point parents and children know what they're in for when they pick up a book by the prolific author, and she doesn't disappoint here. The chickens are silly, the pigs are cute, and the coloring and illustrations evoke a warmth that little ones wary of Halloween will appreciate. For children leery of the ghouls and goblins lurking in the holiday's iconography, this is a perfect antidote, emphasizing all the fun Halloween has to offer.

An excellent, rounded effort from a creator who knows how to deliver. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7611-9300-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Workman

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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