Sure to inspire care for babies and books alike.

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LET'S CARE FOR BABY!

A board book with movable parts especially for little ones moving into big-siblinghood.

The book’s sturdy pages open top to bottom to display a vertically oriented baby with peachy skin that early text invites readers to massage. On the bottom of the first spread, readers are invited to “Put the diaper on Baby and fasten it,” and the illustration is equipped with flaps that lift up and tuck into slots in the diaper’s waistband. Movable nail scissors glide back and forth to trim the baby’s nails, and an ear thermometer with a slider to reveal the digital measurement of the baby’s temperature offers another chance to manipulate and interact with the book. Ensuing pages with similar movable parts invite readers to dress, wash, and feed the baby, while the final spread tells them to “Tuck Baby into the sleep sack.” While most parts of the book are impressively durable, a few fragile elements (small buttons on the bodysuit and the aforementioned diaper fasteners) will likely provoke warnings to be careful and are unlikely to stand up to enthusiastic little hands. Nevertheless, the book’s bold illustrations and inviting interactivity will surely make it a hit with many new and soon-to-be big brothers and sisters, not to mention any baby-fascinated toddlers.

Sure to inspire care for babies and books alike. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 979-1-02-760302-2

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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Whether readers are zoologists in the making or just fans of our animal friends, this book and its companion are sure to...

JUNGLE

From the Animal Families series

Arresting design, simple and useful content, and animal parents and babies: What’s not to like?

Together with Farm, its simultaneously publishing companion in the Animal Families series, this book is exquisite. The eye-popping neon colors and uncluttered, expressive, screen-printed artwork alone make both books worth the price of admission, but the entire presentation hits all the right notes. Each two-page spread is devoted to a species of animal. The “daddy,” with proper nomenclature, appears on verso, “mommy,” with her appropriate term, on recto. The flap upon which “mommy” appears opens, revealing their young along with the proper term for babies of that species: “A daddy peafowl is called a peacock. / A mommy peafowl is called a peahen. Baby peafowl are called… / peachicks!” Each book features four species; the final spread has flaps on both sides that open up to reveal the four animal families depicted and the collective terms for families of each species: in the case of the jungle dwellers, a “memory” of elephants, an “embarrassment” of pandas, a “pride” of peafowl, and an "ambush" of tigers, for example. Farm features sheep, donkeys, chickens, and pigs. Kids will learn to tell jacks from jennys, rams from ewes, and foals from lambs, chicks, and piglets. Opening the flaps adds yet another level of interest for curious—and grabby—tots.

Whether readers are zoologists in the making or just fans of our animal friends, this book and its companion are sure to please. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5362-0831-3

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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Attractive, interactive, and informative. A winner all around.

FOREST

From the Animal Families series

Little ones learn about some forest-animal families in this lift-the-flap board book.

Introducing four animals that can be found in a North American forest, the book teaches young readers that there’s more to identifying them than just naming the animal species. For example: “A mommy fox is called a vixen. A daddy fox is called a dog. Baby foxes are called… / kits!” Double-page spreads introduce each one of the four animals: foxes, deer, rabbits, and bears. The “mommy” is on one side, the “daddy” on the other; lift the shaped right-hand flap, and the baby information is revealed. A striking gatefold ending reveals there is even more to learn: “There are also names for animal families. Groups of these animals are called… / a skulk of foxes.” The screen-printed illustrations use plenty of eye-catching neon pink for a very attractive effect. Companion book Safari introduces four African animals: leopards, zebras, lions, and rhinos. The format and sentence structure is the same as in Forest, though here the color playing the lead role is a warm and glowing yellow with an equally attractive effect. Limiting the books to just four animals each makes them very accessible to the youngest readers; the more verbal preschoolers might take a step further and find themselves asking if the same also applies to other species.

Attractive, interactive, and informative. A winner all around. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: June 9, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1198-6

Page Count: 14

Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: April 8, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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