A graphically striking introduction to farm animals.
Each right-hand page shows a bold linocut print of an animal in white and in profile against a mottled, richly hued background. The text simply labels the depicted animal—pig, sheep, dog, horse, goose or cow—in a clear, black type at the top of the page. One object, often related to the creature, rests nearby, such as a section of fence for the sheep or a bowl for the dog. The outline of each animal is embossed to provide a subtle tactile element. The facing left-side pages use smaller images of the animal in a repeating, interlocking, tricolor pattern. The final spread reviews the six critters, each in its own square panel, as the text reads, “animals on the farm.”
Simple and beautiful. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)