Quibbles aside, this volume should broaden children’s verbal skills while providing opportunities for conversation and...

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MY FIRST OUT AND ABOUT

From the My First series

Familiar sights of several common childhood excursions.

What this sturdy board book lacks in narrative it makes up in vocabulary. Sixteen double-page set pieces depict early childhood forays out of the home and a sampling of what might be found at each destination. Featured hotspots include preschool, the doctor’s office, the library, the train station, the farm, the beach, the museum, and more. Photographs of everyday objects make this book ideal for “point-and-say” interplay. Featured objects mostly hit the mark: puppet, crayons, and modeling clay at preschool, for example, and piglets, pony, and rabbit at the farm. The doctor’s office presents a few conceptual challenges, though. It features both “adhesive bandages” and, well, “bandages” (i.e., gauze bandages), a distinction that may be lost on some children. While kids will readily identify stethoscopes, “otoscope” seems a bit more obscure despite the frequency of ear exams by the doctor. The spreads on the library, train station, aquarium, and playground don’t feature highlighted vocabulary; perhaps “book,” “train,” “fish,” and “slide” seemed too obvious. Animal rights advocates may disapprove of the zoo and aquarium scenes, but the animal photographs should delight young readers. The toy-store scene, replete with trains, dinosaurs, dolls, and blocks, will build young vocabularies and, perhaps, pint-sized consumers, as well.

Quibbles aside, this volume should broaden children’s verbal skills while providing opportunities for conversation and instruction. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: June 13, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4654-6083-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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A lightweight way to familiarize English-speaking youngsters with a few simple Spanish words.

WHO AM I?

A LET'S LEARN SPANISH BOOK

Six rhymes and six flaps introduce six animals by their Spanish names: gato, perro, pájaro, ratón, conejo, and ardilla (cat, dog, bird, mouse, rabbit, and squirrel).

On the left-hand page of each spread, one rhyming couplet and the first line of a second describe common behavior and characteristics of an animal. On the recto, a declarative statement printed on a flap offers a bit more description. Lift the flap to see the animal and to complete the rhyme with the animal’s name in Spanish; an English translation appears below. For example, on the left: “I wag my tail, then leap and bark / and run with you out in the park. / I jump and catch the balls you throw.” Then on the right: “I am your frisky brown [lift the flap] perro. // Perro means dog.” The final spread presents all six animals with their Spanish names and phonetic pronunciations. Sanchez’s illustrations are simple cartoon drawings decorated with visual clues to the animal being described (balls of yarn and paw prints for the cat, bones, chew toys, and balls for the dog, etc.). Similarly, each flap is shaped like an item associated with that animal (cheese for the mouse, a carrot for the rabbit). This very elementary introduction to some child-friendly vocabulary is the first in a planned series of Let’s Learn Spanish books for very young children.

A lightweight way to familiarize English-speaking youngsters with a few simple Spanish words. (Board book. 1-4)

Pub Date: July 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5344-2667-2

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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More information than toddlers will sit still for; not enough for preschoolers who are outgrowing board books.

MY BODY

From the Hello World! series

An introduction to the body for the youngest readers.

It’s an endlessly fascinating topic, but here it is explained in wordy and needlessly exclamatory detail. On the opening spread three children play: One flies a kite, another plays hopscotch, and a third hangs upside down from a branch while the text explains that “your body can do so many things!” Basic facts about each body part are explained on subsequent spreads—more or less. A spread devoted to the belly button gives no hint to its original purpose. A busy park scene with all the characters and summary text that emphasizes the importance of “Lots of sleep, good food, and plenty of exercise” ends this compendium. McDonald’s attempts to be inclusive don’t quite succeed. A brown-skinned boy playing wheelchair basketball is used to explain arm joints, and there are several other children of color in the book. But on the page about hearing, the brown-skinned tot’s prominent ears and his placement in a tree make him look more like a monkey than a child—an unfortunate association. Many spreads include a question that relates to the topic but could also prove distracting. An additional fact on each spread set in a smaller font is clearly for older children or grown-ups, not toddlers.

More information than toddlers will sit still for; not enough for preschoolers who are outgrowing board books. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6636-8

Page Count: 27

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: May 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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