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From the Hello Kitty series

by Sanrio ; illustrated by Jean Hirashima

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: May 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0688-2
Publisher: abramsappleseed

Hello Kitty, the well-known cartoon cat of Japanese origin, explores the seasons.

In typical Sanrio style, the little white kitty, often shown sporting a bright pink bow, enjoys springtime activities in double-page spreads that feature bold, black outlines and highly saturated colors. In backgrounds that stretch to the edges of the pages, she plays baseball, enjoys a picnic, strolls in the park, cavorts in rain puddles and flies a kite with several of her friends. The text is a simple salutation that mirrors the title (“Hello flowers! / Hello butterflies!”) and appears on the upper-left-hand side of the page in a bold white font (the only exception is the final spread, where it appears in the upper right). The sister book, Hello Summer!, uses exactly the same format to depict a day at the beach, an ice cream social, a sailboat ride, a tennis game, a swim in a pool, bike riding and a trip to an amusement park for Hello Kitty and her buddies.

While the action is minimal, the clear, simple art lends itself to toddlers’ learning to identify and name objects. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)