One of the military families that I share books with has young children so I signed up to review and was entertained by the following books...
4.5 out of 5 stars
Is That My Cat? by Jonathan Allen is a
delightfully illustrated children’s book that follows the puzzling
discovery that a cat is no longer the sleek slim pussycat once known.
The struggle to fit through the cat door, clean plates that used to hold
rejected food, and lack of energy is explained once the mystery behind
the closet door is explained. What a fun book, filled with such great
drawings that follow the mystery of the changes in the cat who is so
different from the narrator’s memories. A delightful read for any age
but a great way to explore the cycle of life with a child.
3 3/4 out of 5 stars
Dinosaur Colors by Paul Stickland provides a
vivid collection of drawings depicting eight different colors. I would
think that it might be a little confusing since some of the dinosaurs
have more than one color on them besides the featured one and again, I
have my concerns about how well the pages would survive the handling by
very young readers. I also love the drawings of the dinosaurs but I
think that the footprints that track across the bottoms of the pages
should match the feet of the dinosaurs depicted although I realize they
are just there to illustrate the particular color.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Dinosaur Numbers by Paul Stickland is a very
cute book that has delightful illustrations of dinosaurs who help teach
little ones to count. The catchy rhymes combined with the appropriate
number of dinosaurs on each page make this a fun way to learn. My
common complaint with this series is my concern about how well the book
will withstand rough handling but I still think this is a great way to
teach a young child about numbers.
4 out of 5 stars
Dinosaur Shapes by Paul Stickland is a cute
book for very young children that is filled with brightly colored
illustrations that aid in teaching about basic shapes using friendly
dinosaurs. There are basic exercises in identifying particular shapes
with a summary at the end. I thought this was an excellent combination
of colors, shapes and size comparisons and my only concern is that I
don’t think the book will stand up to the sometimes rather strenuous
handling that very young children subject books to, i.e. I think that it
probably would be better as a board book.
3 out of 5 stars
Dinosaur Opposites by Paul Stickland has
vibrant illustrations but I think that the concepts were not well
conveyed. It is possible that the words were too abstract to depict as I
was confused by some of the comparisons, perhaps the words should have
been positioned closer to the dinosaur that they pertain to. Even the
expressions such as sweet and grumpy or happy and sad are not quite
exaggerated enough to reflect those emotions. Perhaps a ruler to
demonstrate the difference between short and long and the ‘fast’
dinosaurs in front of the ‘slow’ one would be more effective. Beautiful
drawings but not quite effective.