An attractive book marred by factual mistakes.


From the Tiny Travelers series

In this new addition to the Tiny Travelers series, young readers learn a few facts about Colombia.

Following the same format as previous books in the series, the book begins with a map of the country adorned with objects readers are asked to look for on subsequent pages. Busy and brightly colored illustrations depict each locale with a cast of racially diverse children. Readers travel to Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Ciudad Perdida on the northern Caribbean Coast; pass through Bahía Solano on the Pacific Coast and down to the Amazon region in the south; visit the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Manizales in the Andes; and see natural wonders, such as the Tatacoa Desert and Caño Cristales. In each locale a small fact is given, and a “Did You Know?” section provides more details. Words in Spanish are in bold print. Unfortunately, a few facts are wrong. Contrary to what is stated, Bogotá is not in a valley and is not surrounded by mountains. (Mountains border its eastern edge, and the land opens up to a vast plateau known as the Bogotá savanna.) Caño Cristales is not called “the River of Seven Colors” but “the River of Five Colors.” (This review has been updated for factual accuracy.)

An attractive book marred by factual mistakes. (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 16, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-945635-80-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Encantos

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2021

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Preschool and school-age kids will enjoy this dash through history; here’s hoping they won’t reject the “baby book” format.



An alphabetical list of diverse suffragists, landmark events, important ideas, and more, commemorating the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States.

Two to three letters of the alphabet and a corresponding figure, event, or concept are presented on each double-page spread using the headings typical for ABC books: “A is for amendment” or “D is for Declaration of Sentiments,” for instance. These are accompanied by a couple of sentences of explanation and an illustration against a red-and-white or purple-and-white background. Relatively well-known historical figures appear, such as Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, but surprisingly, there is no mention of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The inclusion of unsung suffragists is a welcome sight, including Zitkála-Šá, a Yankton Dakota Sioux advocate for Native American suffrage, Nina Allender, a White political cartoonist, and Hattie Redmond, a Black organizer for suffrage in Oregon. Using a Disney-esque style and deep, bold colors, the art is accessible and fresh. A few modern children are included to illustrate concepts such as “Equal,” which depicts a diverse quartet of children, one of them using a wheelchair. Much of the information is painfully brief and, at times, undercuts some of the subjects; Alice Paul is here noted for sewing a flag with a star for each state that approved the 19th Amendment, but she did significantly more than act as a suffragist Betsy Ross. The board format is an odd choice for the content since much of this will go over the heads of babies and toddlers who may not even know what voting is.

Preschool and school-age kids will enjoy this dash through history; here’s hoping they won’t reject the “baby book” format. (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 18, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5037-5461-4

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Sunbird Books

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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The “Baby” branding and format may confuse many buyers; these simple civics lessons work best for preschoolers and up.


From the Baby Loves Political Science series

In this latest addition to the Baby Loves Political Science series (a spinoff of Baby Loves Science), a toddler discovers the duties of the United States president.

Jumper-wearing Baby, a confident preschooler with light-brown skin and hair pulled back in a bun, learns about leadership with Papa, who has slightly lighter skin than his offspring. Papa’s job running a food pantry is somewhat inexplicably compared to that of the U.S. president, shown here as a woman with silver hair and the same complexion as Baby. The straightforward text explains simple civic concepts in two or three sentences per double-page spread, running through the three branches of government, presidential responsibilities, Cabinet positions, and the electoral process. Diverse representation abounds, with governmental officials of a variety of skin colors; some wear hijabs, turbans, or head scarves, and others use wheelchairs or forearm crutches. Companion title Congress! publishes simultaneously and introduces a different preschooler named Baby to explain the legislative branch of government. This tot and an unidentified caregiver, both with dark-brown skin and curly, brown hair, write their congressperson urging support for environmental protection legislation. In both books, the cartoon art uses subtly textured, vivid colors to illustrate this sunny, optimistic world. As with much of the series, the explanations and scenarios are pitch-perfect for preschoolers but, like Air Force One, will fly over the heads of actual babies.

The “Baby” branding and format may confuse many buyers; these simple civics lessons work best for preschoolers and up. (Board book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 13, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-62354-235-1

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2021

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