This lift-the-flap board book utilizes realistic images to introduce animals, machinery, food, and habitats around the farm.
Each double-page layout makes use of six toddler-friendly flaps, bold realistic photographs, and clear labeling. The front of each flap includes simple labels that fall under each heading. For example, the “Mommies and Babies” spread shows each of the adult animals on its own flap, while the question “Can you name the babies of these animals?” encourages readers to guess what’s beneath them. This strategy allows for versatility of use: Younger children can quickly page through, looking at and naming the pictures, while older toddlers and preschoolers can spend time answering the questions and exploring. There are some minor inconsistencies in structure within each layout: Some animals are shown with their corresponding sounds, while others aren’t, for instance. Cunliffe’s illustrations make use of photographs with digitally rendered backgrounds and enhancements. This is a meaningful approach for readers who will love throwing themselves into all of the details of the combine harvester, crop sprayer, and four-wheeler. The clever, final spread shows silhouettes of animals, creating a simple puzzle for readers to guess who is who.
While this is an imperfect lift-and-reveal in a crowded field of farm books, its clear and inviting layout will surely delight young, curious readers. (Board book. 1-3)