This entry in the Say & Play series is a refreshingly simple board book that combines clear photos with minimal text.
Each spread showcases a large photo of a familiar object, such as a pink pig, a yellow school bus, a black dog and a purple flower, against a white background. The facing page labels the color in white or black text on a solid background of the featured hue. With copious white space and crystal-clear photos, there is plenty of room for youngsters learning to talk to shout out the names of objects and animals they recognize. While the gray kitten is difficult to distinguish in color from the silver star, and health conscious parents may wish the book creators had not chosen a sugary orange Popsicle and a rainbow lollipop, these are minor quibbles. The other titles in the series are equally user-friendly. Numbers, featuring one through 10, invites little ones to count up and then count back down. Oink, Moo, Meow shares the usual animal-sound suspects along with a few rare noises, like “Hee-haw!” and “Coo!” Baby Animals features adorably cute critters on every page. First Words highlights photos of things common in most babies’ lives: bottle, ball, bath, hat and book. While some of pictures are used in more than one title, this repetition will only reinforce language acquisition.
An infinitely useful series for babies learning to name objects and for older children with language delays. (Board book. 3 mos.-2)