Farm sounds get matched with their animals in this book within a book.
Two separate sets of pages that share a binding and turn independently, one set nested in the center of the other, make up this book’s gimmick. Youngsters are encouraged, by simple query, to match the larger page surrounding the inset. “Who says MOO, MOO, MOO?” is the caption at the bottom of the first outer page, accompanied by clues of a bovine nature: “calf,” “milk,” and “bull.” The accompanying nested page reveals the answer (“cow”) against a background of the same color for added confirmation. The pattern of sounds, colors, and clues continues with a hen, a horse, a pig, and a duck. On the final, “sheep” spread readers finally meet a human, a white farmer with a sheepdog. Saunders’ warmly colored illustrations have a pleasingly folksy feel, making the matching game appealing to the younger set. While the format is clever and seems sturdy enough for home use, the double binding may not withstand heavy-duty library circulation.
A simple, playful, and satisfying page-turner. (Board book. 1-3)