Still, a sturdy and playful introduction to the popular practice of an ancient tradition.

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ABC YOGA

A multihued cast of characters introduce yoga to preschoolers and toddlers.

The binding allows these board pages to open flat for easy use on the mat. Moving through the alphabet, children and animals (and a few other natural objects) illustrate 26 common yoga poses. A light tone is maintained throughout. Engel's initial invitation reminds young yogis and their parents, “Don't worry if you can't get it exactly right—enjoy yourself and be one with nature,” and even in the final resting pose (“Zzzzz”), one of the two children depicted is mischievously peeking. The 9-inch-square format provides room on each page for a playful image of the animal chosen to represent the pose, a child holding the pose, and a rhyming three-line couplet that provides basic instruction about how to take the posture. For easy reference, all 26 poses, along with the proper names of the asanas, are repeated on the final three pages. The concluding brief explanation of yoga feels like an afterthought. Imposing an ABC structure also disrupts the flow, as each asana is shown as an independent pose instead of moving fluidly through vinyasas. Even cat/cow is disconnected, as one is called “Tiger” and the other, five pages away, is called “Yak.” There is also no mention of breath, essential to yoga practice.

Still, a sturdy and playful introduction to the popular practice of an ancient tradition. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-63322-146-8

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2016

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While the likely answer is no, this offering is still a visually captivating delight for careful little ones. (Board book....

ALPHABLOCK

From the Block Books series

In this ABC book, shaped pages lead readers to corresponding objects.

The usual alphabet objects are presented here in the straightforward text: “A IS FOR... // APPLE.” The graphically appealing design devotes two double-page spreads to each letter. In the first spread, the right-hand side is a full-size, die-cut letter, while the left depicts a scene. A portion of the object, animal or person the featured letter stands for peeks through the die-cut openings; a cheery, red octopus smiles through the hole of the “O,” and the tail of a fish is visible from behind the “F.” Once the letter/page is turned, the background from the previous left-hand page blends seamlessly with the full double-page spread that’s revealed. The visual hints provide a playful guessing game for young readers, with a nice balance of the easily recognizable (the nose of a train emerges from behind the “T”) to the slightly more challenging (the handle of a pair of scissors sticks out from the middle of the “S”). With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints. The book’s construction is the only real concern, as 104 board pages are a lot for any binding. Will the die-cut letters survive the vigorous page turns of doubtless eager readers?

While the likely answer is no, this offering is still a visually captivating delight for careful little ones. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4197-0936-4

Page Count: 104

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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While the puzzle gimmick may hold youngsters' interest for a few readings, it is unlikely to have a long shelf life.

PANTONE COLOR PUZZLES

6 COLOR-MATCHING PUZZLES

Another overdesigned board book, with puzzle pieces this time, from PANTONE, the company that creates the widely used color matching system.

Each double-page spread focuses on one color of the rainbow. The left-hand side is a full-page, graphically minded scene using a variety of hues of the color in question. On the facing pages, the PANTONE chips make their appearance, four shades occupying the four quadrants of the page separated by a bold white line in typical PANTONE fashion. Both sides of each page spread carry four shaped indentations to hold abstract puzzle shapes made of paperboard. Featuring machines that go on the left, the red spread has pieces that become the door and siren on a fire truck. These same pieces fit into slots labeled “Stop Sign Red / PANTONE 485” and “Brick Red / PANTONE 7627” on the right. While the cartoon tableaux are droll, the use of PANTONE numbers will make little sense to youngsters. The puzzle pieces themselves are relatively easy to get in and out once loosened, but, after a few readings, they will likely flake at the edges if they are not lost altogether. The small pieces force this message on the back cover: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.”

While the puzzle gimmick may hold youngsters' interest for a few readings, it is unlikely to have a long shelf life. (Board book. 3-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4197-0939-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: abramsappleseed

Review Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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