Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A book of changing seasons by Il Sung Na

[This review was previously published and has been edited.]

This is the board book version of the previously released picture book. Board book versions are a toss-up - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I think this one works really well.

The board book cuts down the cover illustration and removes the end papers, and compresses each full spread down into the 5x5 board book.

Il Sung Na's simple but lovely text makes an excellent read-aloud for young children, with just one or two short sentences on each page. In case you haven't read the picture book, it's basically a list of what different animals do in the winter, "Some gather extra food for winter, While some travel find things to eat." and etc. It ends with a joyous welcome to spring as the rabbit, which appears in every page, changes to brown.

The illustrations are even more entrancing. Although they are delicately detailed, they are also colorful and exciting and don't lose much of their detail by being compressed into a smaller form. The patterns in the background of the art, both splotches of color and spiraling shapes, will especially catch the eye of older toddlers.

Verdict: I can see many toddlers enjoying listening to and touching this book and I would recommend having both the picture book and board book. This was an excellent choice for board book format.

ISBN: 9780307977908; Board book edition published January 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf/Random House; Review copy provided by publisher; Added to the library

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