A sweet die-cut board book invites babies to look at some animals that might be found in a garden.
When the book is closed, shaped pages in increasingly larger sizes allow readers to have a glimpse of all the animals that inhabit this particular garden. Open the book, and: “Tweet, tweet!” A yellow bird—perhaps a chick or a duckling—introduces itself and invites babies and their grown-ups to explore the garden with it. A hedgehog “snuffles” in the leaves; a fish swims in the pond; a cat “stretches” out in the sun; and a playful puppy waits in the doghouse. The companion volume, My Farmyard Home, similarly has shaped, staggered pages that allow all of them to be glimpsed when the book is closed. Here, a just-hatched chick plays host. Meet its friends: a sheep peeping through the fence, a cow in the meadow, and a horse in the stable. Bold colors, cheery, baby-friendly illustrations, and sturdy pages that invite little hands to run their fingers over them will have babies happily “reading.”
A charming though not critical addition to this already overstuffed bookshelf. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)