Pustakalana Bag of Books #12 (0-3 years)

  1. I Can Fly (Ruth Krauss & Mary Blair) - Boardbook 24 pages

Ruth Krauss and Mary Blair's I Can Fly won awards upon its first publication in 1951 and has not lost an iota of its charm. The first pages open to a girl standing on a swing, sailing high in the sky next to a bird whose feathers match her dress: "A bird can fly./ So can I." She can moo like a cow, grab like a crab, be merrier than a terrier, and pick, pick, pick like a little chick. Krauss's simple verses capture a child at play and provide wonderful rhythms for a lively, interactive read-aloud session: "Crunch crunch crunch/ I'm a goat out to lunch," Blair's playful illustrations are as exuberant as the story-poem, with their gorgeous (truly '50s!) palette and bold compositions that cleverly juxtapose the girl with her pretend animal playmates, page by page. Arms outstretched on the loops in the playground, the girl looks just like the crab with its grabby claws; eating celery at the table she mimics the goat eating flowers outside the front door. Young children will revel in the young girl's splendidly confident outlook:"Gubble gubble gubble/ I'm a mubble in a pubble./ I can play/ I'm anything that's anything./ That's MY way." We welcome this timeless classic back into print with open arms, much like an octopus might.
    1. Cheerios Play Book (Lee Wade) - Boardbook 14 pages

    Bring your own Cheerios! On every page, there are pictures that need to be completed by adding Cheerios to just the right places. (No milk, please!) Teddies need Cheerios buttons, mice need Cheerios glasses, and fish need Cheerios bubbles. Pages are recessed to help children successfully place their own dry cereal pieces within the scenes. Tasty, interactive fun that toddlers will love!

    1. Daddy Hugs (Karen Katz) - Boardbook 32 pages

    Daddy loves to give Baby hugs to say "I love you!" Now Baby and Daddy can cuddle and count along with this hug-and-read book perfect for Baby's teeny, tiny hands.

    1. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury) - Boardbook 38 pages

    "There was one little baby / who was born far away. / And another who was born / on the very next day. / And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes." No matter which part of the world a baby comes from—born on the ice or in a tent—that baby has “ten little fingers / and ten little toes,” the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenbury’s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors.

    1. Who's in the Garden? (Phillis Gershator & Jill McDonald) - Boardbook 14 pages

    In this delightful novelty peepo book, small children are invited to look through the holes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, 'Who's coming to see how my garden grows?' The energetic, rhyming text introduces all sorts of creatures that are busy foraging and frolicking in the garden. Education Market: Playful 'peepo' holes and many kinds of garden creature make this an absorbing title for Early Years. Gift Market: The durable board book format encourages tactile play for babies and toddlers, and the peek-a-boo element is perfect for interactive reading aloud together.

    Anindita Prameswari
    Anindita Prameswari


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