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BABY ANIMALS by Roger Priddy


From the Turn and Learn series

by Roger Priddy

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-51333-7
Publisher: Priddy Books

A movable wheel provides a matching game of adorable animals.

Eight selections include both traditional pets and more exotic fare, representing various habitats. The photographs have clearly been chosen to rev up the aww factor. Clear questions encourage participation (“Can you find a cute kitten?”), prompting readers to turn the wheel until the right animal appears through the die-cut oval window. Grooves and arrows assist smaller fingers with manipulating the circle independently. There are visual clues to assist readers, as changing colors correspond to each individual page. The cutout features a complete (though miniature) version of the featured selection. Brief sentences provide slight additional information, doing little to extend the concept. “Lion cubs have paws and claws. / They love adventures and exploring.” Backgrounds make the clear, close-up photographs pop, capturing the individual strands of fur and the gleam in their eyes.

Overall, briefly interactive, but not much more. (Board book. 2-4)