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by Lucy Cousins & illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7636-1189-1
Publisher: Candlewick

Readers explore basic preschool concepts with that ever-popular mouse, Maisy (Happy Birthday Maisy, 1998, etc.). Touting over 36 flaps, this giant-sized board book introduces children to counting, shapes, colors, and the notion of opposites. Cousins uses scenarios familiar to young children to underscore the concepts presented. Along with Maisy and her trio of friends, readers can toil in the garden counting insects and blossoms, choose colors for painting, clean up shapes in the playroom, and learn about opposites on the playground. What makes this bright, engaging book exceptional is its solid educational foundation that never loses its playful edge. By combining brief text with simple questions that prompt readers to investigate the flaps, Cousins successfully introduces a new idea while fostering readers' comprehension—all in a beguiling, entertaining manner. For example, the playroom features a shelf full of toys and readers are asked to identify the ones that match a particular shape. Along the bottom of the page are labeled flaps depicting each basic shape. Readers can lift the flaps to reveal the matching toy underneath—a diamond-shaped kit, a triangular hat, etc.—effectively extending the concept of shapes to incorporate real-life applications. Cousins's gaily colored, child-like illustrations feature favorite characters, with each full-bleed, two-page spread containing a myriad of flaps for little ones to lift and explore. Brimming with interactive educational opportunities—and a whole lot of fun to boot—this is a notable addition to the Maisy collection. (Board book. 2-5)