An introduction to a menagerie of animals found in the Bible, with tactile swatches embedded in the pages, for the littlest readers.
Most of the images are clear photos set, in signature DK fashion, against a white or solid color background. Each animal—an ox, a camel and calf, a lion, a sheep, and more—is captioned with a black sans-serif lowercase label, and a small textural feature, often less than a square inch, is set into the page. The whale has a bit of blue-gray vinyl on its tail, and the donkey has a blue fabric blanket. A few creatures, such as the lamb and the dove, appear with embossed textural elements (shiny hay, feathers) instead of embedded fabrics. For no apparent reason, the shiny foil image of the fish is not a photo but rather the only graphic representation in the book. Biblically literate grown-ups will recognize that these animals appear in the Bible, but there is no quote or verse notation to locate them.
Winning photos but unsatisfyingly small touch-and-feel elements. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)