Tuesday, July 03, 2007

SugarCookie says "Tasty"

Carle, Eric. 2007. My Very First Book of Animal Sounds.

Eric Carle has many board books coming out this year. And he has many books in print at any given time. The book's pages are in two halves. A top half that features a picture of an animal. And the bottom half that features the word representing the sound the animal makes. It's a mix and match book. You could have a cat saying "squeak" or "quack" or you could make him say the proper "meow."

List of animals:


List of sounds:


Knowing that babies are the only judges that matter. I put this book to the test. Here is what SugarCookie, who is roughly ten months, thought. He really seemed to like looking at the pictures. It was really fun to watch his face light up with a big smile. He seemed to especially like the cow, dog, and cat. He loved to "pat" or "pet" the pictures. He liked turning the pages. And he seemed to like that there were more pages to turn. He'd go back and forth between the pictures. Of course he was way too little to understand that the bottom pages, the words, meant anything or correlated with sounds. And I wasn't about to demonstrate since this book activity was during church. But he thought the book tasted good as well. Overall, it kept him entertained and still for a good bit of time. His other entertainment seemed to be playing with the velcro on his shoes. He would take turns between those two activities. That and munching on Gerber fruit puffs cereal. But overall he was a very happy baby.


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