WHAT IS SOFT? by Susan Kantor


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Age Range: 1 - 3
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From feathers to a fluffy bunny, a tally of all things soft for little ones.

“Soft is a feather, soft is a cloud, / soft is a whisper, soft is not loud”: So goes the rhyming text, which is accompanied by a mix of spot art and full- and double-page spreads in what looks to be a mix of velvety watercolor and pencil. A diverse cast of wide-eyed children, adult caregivers, and animals acts out the scenes. Most of the illustrations are endearing, particularly one of a brown-eyed, brown-skinned tot bottle-feeding a baby lamb and another of a black father and child enjoying a goodnight kiss on the last spread. However, a couple of scenes don’t scan well due to puzzling visuals (a white kid with long hair reclining to gaze up at the “soft” clouds in the grass with just the top of their head visible) or content (why would one hug a rose?). Nevertheless, the abundance of examples will give caregivers and children plenty of ideas for spotting softness in the world around them.

Despite the hard board pages, this project mostly delivers as advertised. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-936669-63-9
Page count: 14pp
Publisher: blue manatee press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2018


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