The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Lane Smith) - Hardcover 32 pages
A Special Kind of Love (Stephen Michael King) - Hardcover 32 pages
Boxes might seem an odd medium for expressing love, but for the emotionally reserved father in this touching story, they're just the ticket. Boxed in by his inability to articulate his feelings for his son, he transforms boxes ("Big boxes. Round boxes. Small boxes.... All kinds of boxes!") into kites, castles, bird feeders, go-carts, airplanes and any number of other wonderful things to enchant a small boy. This sensitive tale, an Australian import by a first-time author and illustrator, unfolds in spare prose set against a sweeping backdrop of comical illustrations brimming with energy. King's deft cross-hatching and other distinctive uses of ink refine his casual watercolors, and a childlike sense of play informs his compositions. To show "small boxes," for example, he has Dad adjusting the lens of a microscope; the airplane is the same kind Snoopy flies to fight the Red Baron. The book's sweet, satisfying message will resonate with preschoolers, whose own parental bonds typically form the sum and substance of daily life.
Big And Little A Book Of opposites (Richard Scarry) - Paperback 24 pages
Provides examples of opposites in brief stories, verses, and labeled illustrations.
An Egg Is an Egg (Nicki Weiss) - 32 pages
A gentle and comforting story about a small boy and his mother as they discuss the changes in the simple things around them. An egg becomes a chick; a seed becomes a flower; day becomes night. But the important thing--the love they share--never changes. A wonderful progression is maintained throughout in text, page colors, and illustrations. As she did so successfully in Where Does the Brown Bear Go? (Greenwillow, 1989), Weiss employs a two-sentence refrain to reinforce the theme.
It Begins with an A (Stephanie Calmenson & Marisabina Russo) - Paperback 27 pages
PreSchool-K-- Yet another alphabet book nudges its way into a crowded, but receptive, market. It Begins with an A has the child appeal of a riddle book combined with the practicality of an alphabet book. Each page has four pictures, four clues, and a question, "What is it?" In most cases the "what" is easily guessed. For the uncertain, there is a guide at the back with picture and word answers. The illustrations offer adequate support to the text and have a nice mix of ages, genders, and ethnicity. Their childlike simplicity could remind youngsters of their own artwork, although the control of an artist is evident. A muted palette strong in secondary colors may be a relief to those weary of bright splashes of primary color or wispy pastels. Preschoolers will delight in responding to "What is it?"
6. Maisy Goes to School (Lucy Cousins) - Hardcover 16 pages
Who knew school could be this much fun? Maisy paints pictures, writes stories, dances like a ballerina, and even adds and subtracts in this interactive book about the cheery little mouse. Pull a tab to make the pencil in Maisy's paw scribble back and forth in her notebook. Lift the lid of a red chest to find costumes for dress-up. And pull another tab to see the fish in the aquarium dart from behind the plant when Maisy tosses food their way. Fans of the lovable white mouse will adore this story from Lucy Cousins, especially pre-preschoolers who are wondering just what goes on in this mysterious school they've been hearing about. Large print, crayon-bright colors, and thickly outlined pictures make Maisy stories a favorite for the youngest readers (or almost-readers).