A handy resource for hearing and Deaf families alike.

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NITA'S DAY

From the Little Hands Signing series

A toddler signs in American Sign Language throughout the day.

Nita, who has beige skin and a blue bun on either side of their head, wakes up, receives a diaper change, dresses, and more, with two loving caregivers, also beige-skinned. Related signs for each of these activities (wake-up, change, and clothes, respectively) are demonstrated by Nita on panels revealed when the page is expanded by tugging on a tab. One or two images of Nita appear making the sign with directional arrows and short descriptions as needed. While these panels may be an engaging gimmick for active toddler readers, they make the book inordinately heavy and may not stand up to robust play. Tabbed pages make flipping to the correct sign easy for sleep-deprived parents using the book as a reference. Short, simple, descriptive sentences put the signs in context. Brezzi’s stylized cartoons are clear and accessible, employing a wide range of patterns and unusual colors. On the back page, a note for grown-ups encourages using sign language throughout the day to help children manage transitions and make sense of their world. The author’s webpage provides a video of the author sharing all the signs. Deaf culture, ASL, and early-childhood content were vetted by experts, making it suitable for Deaf children or families who want to incorporate sign into their daily routine.

A handy resource for hearing and Deaf families alike. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: May 12, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-64170-148-8

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Familius

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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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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The perfect baby-shower gift for Brooklyn hipsters, but all others, including the core baby-toddler audience, should...

BABY TO BROOKLYN

A baby’s everyday world is paired with the sites and trends of Brooklyn, New York.

The left-hand page displays something a toddler might recognize (blocks, dominoes, and a rocking horse, for instance) with corresponding landmarks claimed by Brooklyn hipsters (Brooklyn Bridge, the Domino Sugar factory, and Jane’s Carousel) on the facing page. The art is graphically interesting, with flat planes of highly saturated, digital color on solid backgrounds as simple, white captions float above. A few of the images are toddler-friendly, such as the ABC blocks that are matched with the subway logos for the J/M/Z trains, but most will prove too abstract for little ones still learning to name their world. Human figures are created by layering just some features on the negative space of the backgrounds, which means almost all lack significant facial features and several even lack limbs. Many of the scenes are quite adult (a row of tap handles from a “Biergarten” is paired with a line of kindergarten students) and others are so specific to the “hipster” parts of north Brooklyn (two people running to catch the always-too-short-for-the-platform G train; a passenger “manspreading” on the L train) that they might not even be understood by residents from south Brooklyn.

The perfect baby-shower gift for Brooklyn hipsters, but all others, including the core baby-toddler audience, should “Fuhgeddaboudit.” (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-57687-785-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: POW!

Review Posted Online: May 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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