An active introduction to an important concept.

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CARRY AND LEARN SHAPES

An interactive board book with ambitious educational goals for toddlers introduces five basic shapes with textures, a slider, and flaps, plus sturdy tabbed pages to make page turning easy for little fingers.

Each shape is simply reproduced and named on the left, then shown as part of something else on the right. The triangle becomes the “bright, sparkly roof” of a birdhouse, the rectangle becomes the “door to a cozy home,” and so on. On most pages, an animal prompts interaction. The birds say, “Can you sing? Tweet! Tweet! Tweet”; the dog in the square, corrugated doghouse says, “Bark like me!” However, active toddlers may not make it to the dog, as the squirrel revealed by a slider hidden in a circular hiding spot in the prior double-page spread asks, “Can you run really fast?” When they do arrive at the final spread, all the shapes and animals are repeated in a cheery scene, and a final question—“What's your favorite shape?”—invites a conversation. The claim on the back cover that the “on-the-go handle gives young readers a sense of ownership and independence” may be a bit of hyperbole, but parents eager to give their toddlers a head start on learning will find this an age-appropriate choice.

An active introduction to an important concept. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-79791-7

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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A happily multisensory exploration.

NOISY FARM

From the My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series

Farm animals make realistic noises as youngsters press embedded tactile features.

“Pat the cow’s back to hear her ‘Moo!’ ” Readers can press the fuzzy, black circle on a Holstein cow to hear its recorded noise. This formula is repeated on each double-page spread, one per farm critter (roosters, piglets, lambs and horses). Using stock photography, several smaller images of the animals appear on the left, and a full-page close-up dominates the right. The final two pages are a review of the five farmyard creatures and include a photo of each as well as a review of their sounds in succession via a touch of a button. While the layout is a little busy, the selection of photos and the tactile elements are nicely diverse. The text is simple enough for little ones, encourages interaction (“Can you baa like a lamb?”) and uses animal-specific vocabulary (fleece; mane). The sister title, Noisy Trucks (978-1-58925-609-5), follows much the same format, but, here, the stars are big rigs, monster trucks, fire trucks, backhoes and cement mixers. While the photos will thrill the vehicle-obsessed, the noises are less distinctive, save the fire truck’s siren. The facts about each type of vehicle provide just enough information: “A fire truck has a loud siren, ladders to climb, and hoses that spray water.” Despite the age recommendation of 3 years and up suggested on the back cover, the construction (with the battery secured by screw behind a plastic panel) looks sturdy and safe enough for younger readers.

A happily multisensory exploration. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-58925-610-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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