Indeed, whatever the weather, one can always have fun.

SOL

From the Haga el Tiempo Que Haga series

One of a charming set of books that explore different kinds of weather from a toddler’s point of view.

In this cheery offering, a multiethnic group of round-faced tots enjoys the sun from sunup to sundown. Working from the original, English text, the Spanish translation is simple and direct, just right for beginning talkers. The vibrant and cheery mixed-media illustrations depict children greeting the sun, donning sun hats and sunscreen, taking off their clothes, having fun in a wading pool and tub, and eventually saying hello to the shadows and goodbye to the sun. The book’s companions are equally successful. In Viento (Wind), readers will practically feel the wind as it blows hair, leaves, hats, and seeds until it finally departs: “…Shhhhh….” In Nieve (Snow), a brown-skinned child with curly black hair eagerly puts on snow clothes to play outside. After sliding and slipping, crunching through the snow and making snowpeople, with a cold nose and cold fingers, it is time to go in: “¡Hasta mañana, muñecos de nieve!” (“See you tomorrow, snow people!”) In Lluvia (Rain), readers will feel the initial disappointment of the Asian protagonist with a pink bunny as a few raindrops become a downpour—and then delight in the fun that can be had in simply getting wet and stomping in the puddles.

Indeed, whatever the weather, one can always have fun. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-84643-980-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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Put on those gardening gloves; the fruits of this labor beckon.

THE LITTLE GARDENER

From the Teenie Greenies series

A young girl watches her garden grow.

Though she's a bit older than the typical board-book audience, her self-reliance makes her an appealing character for toddlers struggling to assert their independence. The strategic use of sturdy flaps provides both peekaboo fun and structure to the storyline. “Yellow daisy. / Red rose. / A bud blooms. / [lift flap] A flower grows.” Some of the interactive elements clearly connect objects to one another (shovel, pail), while other pairings review the progress of the blossoming outdoors. The child enjoys the results of her hard work (smelling a flower has never been so sweet) and waters her lush plants with her pint-sized watering can. Varied vocabulary extends the text. “Harvest carrots / . . . squash and peas. / [lift flap] Pollinated by the bees.” Perhaps due to their having been printed on recycled paper with soy inks, the matte sides of the flaps tend to be darker than the rest, which are glossy.

Put on those gardening gloves; the fruits of this labor beckon. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-93041-5

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2012

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Toddlers and young preschoolers, both independently and in groups, will enjoy both the guessing game and the simple,...

WHO ARE WE?

AN ANIMAL GUESSING GAME

An engaging, lift-the-flap riddle book that will keep little ones guessing.

The left side of each double-page spread offers a short, rhyming couplet describing a certain type of animal’s movement. For instance, the book begins with: “When we move, we are pretty slow. / Waddling keeps us warm in snow.” On the right side of the page is the question “Who are we?” printed atop a flap. On the edge of each flap is a tab with an arrow as well as a clue to the riddle’s answer. In this case, readers see orange, webbed feet and a white body. Simply lifting the flap reveals the word “Penguins” and three penguins who appear to be waddling across the page, but pulling on the tab in the direction indicated by the arrow reveals a hidden gatefold with another penguin scene and a fun fact: “We penguins have feathers to keep us dry and warm!” In addition to the penguins, readers see giraffes, snakes, arctic foxes and leopards. The rhyming riddles are amusing but not easy; children will need help from the clue on the tab to guess the answers. The appealing illustrations feature frolicking animals and uncluttered, skillfully rendered landscapes.

Toddlers and young preschoolers, both independently and in groups, will enjoy both the guessing game and the simple, interesting animal facts this offering provides. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: June 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-545-46762-9

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2013

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