Gives little readers a head start on global citizenship.

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HOW TO COUNT 1 TO 5 IN FIVE LANGUAGES

Beginning language lessons for little ones.

Each spread in this board book introduces a different child on the verso and the language they speak. First is Santiago, a boy with brown skin and short, dark hair who speaks Spanish. His Spanish dialogue counting five oranges is highlighted in white under his portrait, with each line given its English translation below it. On the facing page there’s a picture of an orange tree labeled with the numerals 1 through 5 pointing to each orange and the words written in Spanish for these numbers. Subsequent spreads show Feng, a Chinese girl who counts bicycles in Mandarin; a white girl named Kirsty counting other children in English; Thomas, a black boy, counting giraffes in French; and Taro, who simply counts up to five in Japanese, with written characters for the numbers on a chalkboard (and five cats in the illustration though they aren’t named in the text). The pièce de résistance in the book’s design is a vertical strip of buttons to the side of the recto, labeled with each child’s face and the language they speak. Press the button and a recording of a child counting from one to five in the respective languages plays, offering readers the chance to learn by hearing. The companion book, How to Say I Love You, follows a similar pattern, highlighting the same languages but depicting different children as their speakers.

Gives little readers a head start on global citizenship. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-78603-080-1

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Genial starter nonfiction.

THE HUMAN BODY

From the PlayTabs series

Panels activated by sliding tabs introduce youngsters to the human body.

The information is presented in matter-of-fact narration and captioned, graphically simple art featuring rounded lines, oversized heads and eyes, and muted colors. The sliding panels reveal new scenes on both sides of the page, and arrows on the large tabs indicate the direction to pull them (some tabs work left and right and others up and down). Some of the tabs show only slight changes (a white child reaches for a teddy bear, demonstrating how arms and hands work), while others are much more surprising (a different white child runs to a door and on the other side of the panel is shown sitting on the toilet). The double-page spreads employ broad themes as organizers, such as “Your Body,” “Eating Right,” and “Taking Care of Your Body.” Much of the content is focused on the outside of the body, but one panel does slide to reveal an X-ray image of a skeleton. While there are a few dark brown and amber skin tones, it is mostly white children who appear in the pages to demonstrate body movements, self-care, visiting the doctor, senses, and feelings. The companion volume, Baby Animals, employs the same style of sliding panels to introduce youngsters to little critters and their parents, from baboons to penguins.

Genial starter nonfiction. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-2-40800-850-5

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design.

MRS. PEANUCKLE'S BUG ALPHABET

From the Mrs. Peanuckle's Alphabet Library series , Vol. 4

From Ant to Zorapteran, each page presents a variety of insects, both commonplace and obscure.

Narrator Mrs. Peanuckle, who enjoys sharing her likes and dislikes and writing about herself in the third person, has penned one to two sentences of quirky description and interesting facts for each insect representing a different letter of the alphabet: “L is for Ladybug / The loveliest of insects. They help Mrs. Peanuckle by eating the bugs on her roses!” The text often takes up most of the page and employs a different typeface per word, thus making the pages difficult to scan—often the featured letter of the alphabet merges with the name of the insect (“Inchworm” looks as though it has two I’s, for example). Ford’s lively insects skitter around the words in luminescent color; as with any effective insect book, there’s just enough detail to provoke interest without an ick-response. The companion book, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Flower Alphabet, presents blooms from Aster to Zinnia, with the same formula but with a more winsome approach to the art; here many of the flowers sport smiling faces in the same bold color palette.

Youngsters will enjoy the playful art if they aren’t overwhelmed by the busy design. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-62336-939-2

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Rodale Kids

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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