Hand: It’s animals’ turn to steal the show
There are lots of animals for you to meet today, in several different formats.
You know how I love board books that the little ones can chew up and bang together.
Since, again, we realize that they do not shine in plot or character development, we’ll just mention a few we found fun. All of these great little books use delightful, bright illustrations.
Kenny Harrison gives us a simple plot in “Hide And Seek Harry Around the House.” That’s it! The whole thing!
Since Harry is an elephant, he is easily spotted.
What I really like about this one is the fact that this is an extra sturdy volume. It will take some punishment.
Sebastien Braun brings us two delightful equally sturdy volumes in “Who Can Swim?” and “Who Can Jump?” Here again, we have flaps to lift as we watch to see what is hidden in the sea or who can jump.
Petr Horacek brings us “Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!”
This time, the pages become smaller as you work through the book. Again, the vocabulary is simple. Each page spread shows a common animal and the sound that it makes. Both of these books could well become a “first reader” by memorization.
“What Happens Next?” by Nicola Davies also happens to be the next step up on our ladder of board books. The subtitle is “Flip The Flap & Find Out.”
This also should come with an R rating due to Chameleon eating a grasshopper.
We meet beavers and peacocks. That is a bit risque as well as we watch the peacock spread his tail for his lady love.
Another step up and we have two 3D pocket guides to share.
Brought to us by Sarah Young, “Endangered Animals” and “Ocean Creatures” are handy 4-inch-square slip cases with a foldout inside.
It is a great “wait” item, as you can pull it out all at once or keep it tightened up.
The text is on both sides. These have a short glossary and information as well. Pop-ups never hurt.
Now for a “normal” storybook. Just for fun, let’s visit Kevin Sherry on “Turtle Island.”
We meet Turtle as he tells us that he is a giant turtle, as big as an island. He is surprised when he finds visitors on his back, and is delighted, as he is often lonely.
We watch as they build a “cooperative” village and everyone is happy. Turtle can fish, Owl can knit, Bear can build, Frog can cook and Cat can draw.
A fun community develops, but then our visitors become homesick. They prepare and leave, giving Turtle a scarf knit by Owl. Just when he is really blue, here comes a boat! His friends and families.
These make spectacular baby shower gifts, too, remember.
Luci Hand is a retired school principal who lives in Porter County. Email her at email@example.com.