ABC SAY WITH ME; 123 PLAY WITH ME by Karen Gundersheimer

ABC SAY WITH ME; 123 PLAY WITH ME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two tiny, square volumes (5x5), each featuring a tiny figure or two, intended--surprise--to teach something to small tots. In the alphabet book a mini-person balances on a butterfly, while clutching two balloons; cleans a cup while wearing a crown, dances on a drum while holding a daisy, etc. The pictures are tolerably cunning, and not all the match-ups are mechanicsl: ""IGNORING"" ice cream, for one, is worth at least a smile. Children won't learn the letters of the alphabet this way, of course (the ""I,"" for instance, is in no way set off); but they could pick up a sense of the sounds. The number book, a more developed affair, has mouse Minna holding up each number--ONE 1, TWO 2--and little brother Memo demonstrating: ""ONE birthday hat,"" ""TWO fuzzy puppets."" Etcetera. The named and numbered items get put on the floor behind Minna--who then, in a counting-backward exercise, shows Memo how to put them away. The first volume is whisper-weight whimsy, the second is all-too-tidy--but Gundersheimer's little figures are perky enough not to cloy.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1984
ISBN: 06-022174-7
Publisher: Harper & Row