TINY TOES

If any part of the body deserves to have a children's book written about it, it is toes. Repeating the same syntactic formula- -``Tiny toes peek out from under the bedcovers,'' ``Crumbly toes waltz around the breakfast table,'' and so on—Jakob (My Bike, not reviewed) describes the activities of toes at different times of day and of the year, in endearing, occasionally too-cute language (toes are ``kicky,'' ``splashy,'' ``skippy,'' ``jumpy,'' etc.), with a few longer words thrown in. Levert's bubbly watercolors make the whole thing float in some of the sunniest pictures of the season. Full of greens and blues, these show children who look like fat little toes themselves; they play—take a bath, ride a bicycle, dance around—in stylized, old worldly settings that include top hats and windmills. The pictures are full of objects—little houses with little windows—that have the curved dimensionality of inflatable toys. If it could, this book would turn into a pillow. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 17, 1995

ISBN: 1-7868-0013-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1995

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ONE BEAN

PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Starting with a hand shown holding a single bean, readers journey full circle from soaking, planting, and watering, to flowering, harvesting, and eating. Uncluttered three-dimensional artwork complements the short, simple text; each stage of the bean’s transformation from seed to vegetable is shown in large scale, drawn so realistically that the texture of the skin seems to show the strain as the bean gets ready to put down roots. This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can’t resist the temptation to keep “checking” on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-8027-8648-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998

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TOO MANY TOYS

Spencer owns a multitude of toys: old toys and new ones, big toys and small ones, bath toys, wooden toys, board games, computer games, miniature cars and trucks, musical instruments, stuffed animals and action figures. They are everywhere, including on the floor where his parents can trip on them. One day, Spencer’s mom has had enough and announces that some of the toys have to go. Shaken, Spencer cries, “BUT I LOVE THEM ALL!” There’s no stopping Spencer’s mom, however, who says she will help and proves to be a worthy adversary when Spencer attempts to make deals. Snappy dialogue and an absolutely on-target understanding of the psyches of both mother and child make the negotiation scene absolutely priceless. Will they both make it through the harrowing task before them? The elaborate, child-friendly pictures perfectly capture Spencer’s world, zeroing in on the chaos with glee and then pulling back to demonstrate graphically the traumas suffered by both adults and child in the process. Shannon’s sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-439-49029-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2008

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