Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Read, Read, Read, Said the Baby: I know a lot! by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Sara Gillingham

This is the third in the "empowerment" series by Stephen Krensky, meant to encourage kids to celebrate their independence (at least until they realize that mommy won't let them out of her sight until they're 21. I'm feeling a bit grumpy at the moment, yes).

Each page features two opposing or related things the little girl on the cover knows, in rhyming couplets; "I know rocks are heavy/and flowers are light./I know bright means day/and dark means night." Some of the things are oddly phrased like "bright" for sunlight, contrasting wet water with glue that "will dry" (because doesn't water dry too?).

The colors have a blocky, modernistic feel, reminiscent of an older style of illustration. It's great to see a child of color featured in a board book, especially doing every day, ordinary things.

The book is a tall rectangle, 9x6, and has 7 pages, counting the covers. It's the type of sturdy board book binding that will get worn at the edges but will stand up to a lot of use.

Verdict: The text isn't exactly perfect, but the bright art is very attractive and it's great to see a child of color in a board book. It would be a good starting point for conversations with a toddler about what they can do. Recommended.

ISBN: 9781419709388; Published 2013 by Abrams Appleseed; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to my library order list

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