BERTIE AND SMALL AND THE BRAVE SEA JOURNEY

Bertie and his best friend—or more accurately stated, toy rabbit, named Small—are inseparable, embarking upon innumerable adventures together. Through the inventiveness of this small child, a simple box stuffed with a few toys becomes a variety of things: a house, a car, a perfect hiding spot. When further inspiration strikes, the box becomes a seagoing vessel for Bertie and Small. While using straightforward language, Cabban eloquently captures a toddler’s innate ability to transform nearly every environment through the imagination, and when the father joins Bertie’s playtime, readers gain a tender glimpse at a loving relationship. A cozy book, ideal for story time. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-7636-0878-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1999

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TOUCH AND FEEL FARM

Cool pastels and sleek, highly graphic lines give visual heft to this brief, tactile tour of the farm. The sheep on the cover sports fuzzy fleece, the barn is made of vertically oriented brown corrugated “wood,” the pig features a patch of touch-it-again moleskin, the tractor is equipped with a marvelously rubbery-feeling tire, the hens walk across a corkboard-like yard and the cow’s brown spot is a soft terrycloth. If the touch-and-feel elements are superior to many of their ilk, however, the text is not, achieving rhyme but not much meaning: “Feel the GROUND. / Hens run around. // Touch the COW. / Do it now.” This flaw, combined with the low-contrast palette, makes this one a miss. A companion, Count (ISBN: 978-1-934706-75-6), shares this book’s visual sensibility, but not its tactile aspect. (Ages 6-18 mos.)

Pub Date: Nov. 9, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-934706-74-9

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Blue Apple

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2009

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animals. An early start for the very young naturalist.

TREE FROGS

Bright color photographs in double-paged spreads depict tiny, hopping, emerald-colored tree-frogs, which decorate

woodlands around the world. In this simple board book, luscious green frogs with pumpkin-like eyes hop, glide, and ribbett in the trees. There's even a photo of a sleeping frog lying in the cradle of a leaf. On the back of the book five different tree frogs are shown and identified, proving these attractive amphibians really can be found around the world, not just in bins of plastic

animals. An early start for the very young naturalist. (Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection) (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-7922-7127-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2000

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