My Beach Book… The Smithsonian Institution

My Beach Book
by Smithsonian Institution

(also, My Shell Book, My Bug Book, My Butterfly Book)

Published By: Collins
ISBN-13: 978-0061115745


Nice and Simple
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
on 09/20/2008

Young children will enjoy this simple board book. Each full-page photo has a “Wh-” question, something that children love to answer and that grown ups don’t ask enough. Each answer is in large, easy font that very early readers have a chance at grasping.

The Smithsonian line of children’s books seem to be well-research into what works for the target ages, and this little board book is no exception. If you’re looking for something highly visual and meaningful, this is a good choice.

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Who Lives in the Rainforest?… by Nora Pelizzari

Who Lives in the Rainforest?
by Nora Pelizzari

Published By: HarperCollinsPublishers
ISBN-13: 978-0064117709


Nice Little Book
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
on 09/20/2008

This little book is very colorful with a bit of a puzzle feel. Children are asked to find an animal in the jungle, which is drawn in bright greens, oranges, yellows, and reds. The animals hide behind flaps. When they’re found, the child sees an uncluttered picture, with a labeled, smaller picture on the reverse of the flap.

The flaps in this board book seem sturdier than average, but I am still concerned about small kids pulling them off. For flap books, I tend to recommend them for preschoolers rather than babies–although flaps often don’t survive three years olds either!

Cute and educational, this is a nice little book for your child’s library.

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