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THE BIG BOOK OF WORDS AND PICTURES by Monika Smith

THE BIG BOOK OF WORDS AND PICTURES

translated by Monika Smith, illustrated by Ole Könnecke

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-8775-7905-9
Publisher: Gecko Press

A picture dictionary without much rhyme or reason.

This oversized German import covers a vast range of concepts and topics, both familiar and foreign to young children. Tiny, clean illustrations of objects array themselves on a white background, sometimes including winsome animal characters. From ordinary household items to things seen in the out-of-doors to common foods to modes of transportation to musical instruments to sports to amusements to emotional concepts, this book tries to cover everything. Some items may be recognizable but are unlikely to come up in casual conversation (runner beans), while others (beret, lawn bowling) seem hardly necessary as toddler vocabulary. Slight variations in terminology make for unwarranted repetition; instead of just one bed on display, toddler, single and double beds all make an appearance. Vocabulary provides highly specific terms (“push bike”). Concepts covered include numbers, shapes and emotions, while an alphabet review in an eye-pleasing but developmentally baffling sophisticated design rounds out the comprehensive selection. With some 20 items to the page, spreads overwhelm rather than illuminate.

There are not enough words available to save this jampacked selection from bursting-at-the-seams busyness. (Board book. 2-4)