The antics of a series of fluffy panda cubs provide the perfect opportunity to learn opposites.
On each double-page spread of this book, mischievous, fuzzy panda cubs demonstrate a different set of opposites. Each page is designed simply, featuring photographs of pandas shot in their natural habitats paired with simple, bold words set in capital letters. Nature photographer Eszterhas (Baby Animals Playing, 2017) has curated a set of images that are both perfectly illustrative and delightfully tongue-in-cheek, rendering this book both educationally sound and a pleasure to read. The pictures alternate between filling the page and having a black or white border, depending on the concept being presented, and the changing designs break up what could otherwise feel like a monotonous repetition of similar images. The simple color scheme and clean design make it visually appealing to very young children, and the clear, capital letters make it an ideal text for children who are learning how to read. While the majority of the photographs are easy to interpret, a few—including the panda demonstrating “full” and the pandas demonstrating “asleep” and “awake”—are not as intuitive and may require a caregiver to provide an explanation. Luckily, the photographs will appeal to all ages, making it easy to read the book over and over again, no matter how old—or young—readers may be.
An adorable, beautifully designed book that will make children and adults giggle. (Board book. 1-4)