A visual dictionary provides a detailed glimpse into home life.
Tiny photos (more than a dozen per double-page spread) set on white space highlight objects found in each room of a traditional Western house. The small text under and around each image labels materials regularly in use (many appliances exude a retro feel) to items less likely to be part of a toddler's vocabulary (colander, anyone?). The examples are easily identifiable, and many relate directly to a youngster's experience (potty in the bathroom, ball in the backyard); other choices have no direct connection to their assigned location (dog in the living room). Label text and trim are color coordinated by room, standing out against the stark backgrounds. There is a dual functionality to living spaces; the bedroom provides room for babe with crib and teddy as well as an older mattress, alarm clock and organized closet.
Comprehensive, but the overwhelming quantity sacrifices an appropriate, baby-friendly design for abundant substance. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)