Saturday, April 28, 2012

Two 2012 Board Books

I Love To Eat (J'aime manger; Me encanta comer) Amelie Graux. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages.

I Love To Eat is a simple board book, a touch-and-feel board book, that highlights familiar words. For example, I Love To Eat highlights familiar words like: high chair, bib, sippy cup, glass, fork, spoon, bowl, cereal, little jar, peas, bottle, and cookie. Each word, each item has a touch-and-feel aspect to it. (The peas are sticky, for example, the little jar is hard plastic, the bottle has a soft plastic feel, etc. But this board book goes above and beyond. It doesn't just give these words in English, each word is in English, French, and Spanish. The book is very simple. There is no story to it. But I can't help liking this one because it is so simple. I like learning how to say these words in French and Spanish. (Little peas is le petit pot in French.) 

Read I Love To Eat
  • If you are looking for simple board books to share with little ones
  • If you are looking for board books in French and/or Spanish
I Love To Sleep (J'aime dormir; Me encanta dormir) Amelie Graux. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages. 

I Love to Sleep is a simple board book. I am always looking for good touch-and-feel books to recommend to parents, and these two books definitely qualify. This board book highlights familiar words associated with the bedtime routine: bottle, pacifier, toy, diaper, music player, book, pajamas, blankie, mobile, crib, night light, and sleep sack. Each word is presented in English, French, and Spanish. Each word or item has a touch-and-feel aspect to it. And trust me, the touch-and-feel elements are WONDERFUL on this one. I just LOVED the oh-so-soft cover. The little boy's blue pajamas are so very, very soft. The pacifier also has a very pleasant feel to it! The diaper truly does make a scratchy noise when you rub it. While I Love To Sleep may not have enough story to be an official bedtime story book, I do like it and do recommend it.

Read I Love To Sleep
  • If you are looking for a simple board book to share with little ones
  • If you are looking for board books in French and/or Spanish

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 12:04 PM  

These look super cute for the very young reader.

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