A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that an array of animals are presented in realistically rendered illustrations and sharp photographs with simple labels. Familiar animals featured in the "Noisy" section encourage readers to make animal sounds.
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What's the story?
This sturdy little board book, packed with an intriguing assortment of animals from a huge white rhinoceros to a tiny cricket, is like taking a trip to the zoo. Clear full-color photographs and detailed illustrations offer readers an up-close peek at a variety of creatures, from the exotic to the familiar. Ingeniously arranged categories stimulate readers' interest.
Is it any good?
Beyond building vocabulary and animal recognition, this is a great tool to help young children learn to look for similarities among seemingly disparate objects. The leopard and the ladybug, for example, are placed in the same category because they are both spotted. It absorbs the attention of little ones. The book's compact physical design works well for the preschool set, and the extra-thick laminated pages make it toddler-friendly as well. It's an edifying blend of learning and entertainment.
This book, consisting of the animal portion of Dorling Kindersley's revised My First Word Book, is designed to give kids a head start on learning. Readers can explore a broad sampling of members of the animal kingdom. The playful organization, while not the most scientific approach, appeals to a child's sense of whimsy.