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by Julia Kuo, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-897476-74-1
Publisher: Simply Read Books

A simple board-book catalog of the foods eaten by both animals and humans.

Each spread features an animal eating a favorite item on one side, a sentence explaining this in a blocky font on the other, and an image of how people prepare and eat this foodstuff hovering above the text. For example, in one illustration, a bear climbs a tree toward a beehive. This picture is paired with the simple sentence: "Bears eat honey." Above this phrase is a spot image of a Winnie-the-Pooh–like honey pot and a honey dipper. The last spread features a young girl, who appears on the cover and on one previous interior page, eating all the foods mentioned previously while her animal co-stars look longingly at the repast. Some of the animal food/human food connections may be a little abstract for youngsters ("Mice eat seeds" is paired with an image of seed-encrusted crackers), but the spare text will hopefully encourage adult readers to fill in the blanks for their youngsters. Kuo, a talent to watch, paints on blond wood, and this adds a natural warmth to her appealingly dainty animals and landscapes.

Although slightly too abstract in concept in some instances, the art is a feast for the eyes. (Board book. 2-4)