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Summary: There is one animal per page spread, with the animal on the right page and a single word that describes the way the animal talks ("moo", "ribbit", etc.). The unique feature of this book is that it has raised areas of the page that correspond with a pattern on the animal, such as frog warts or bee stripes. This creates a texture pattern on the animal, which has been enlarged to fill the left side of the page. This is a simple board book with cartoon animals in it. This is toddler book that will also be handy later for learning high frequency words.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 0 to 3
Reading Level: 0.5
Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: My 2 year old loved the book, particularly when he read it with his 4 year old brother.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the colorful pictures and the stimulating textures caused by the raising of the page surface. I was less impressed by the lack of words on each page -- only 1 word, the animal's sound, was on each page. However, we made up for that by using the textures as a starting point for discussion, whether related to the sound the animal makes or something else related to the animal.
Pros: Colorful pictures, wonderful-stimulating textures make this a great book for young children to enjoy and "play" with.
Cons: The text left something to be desired.
Borrow or Buy: Buy or borrow. this won't be a long-lived book, but it is a great one for young toddlers to explore on their own.
Educational Themes: This is a great book for object identification. Recognizing animals and matching their sounds. The pages and animals open the door to talking about colors, too. For preschool-aged kids you might talk about habitat.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.