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. Volume XI Number 16 . . . . April 15, 2005
Nancy Tafuri has written and illustrated this sturdy board book that contains lyrical text and colorful illustrations to express the deep and lasting love all parents feel for their special little ones. Children are introduced to creatures from a variety of different environments, including a lion cub from the savannah, an arctic penguin chick, a prairie dog pup from the grassy plains, and a human child enjoying lunch with his parents by a flowing river.
The language that is used is not "dumbed down" for little kids but can encourage a larger vocabulary. Words such as "keen," "swift" and "nimble" may be new words to some preschoolers but will not alienate them. The language in the book is descriptive and engaging.
The illustrations are colorful and full of detail. There are various aspects of the animals' habitat that children can see in the book which could be an excellent conversation starter with a preschooler. There are several opportunities for counting (many little prairie dogs, waddling penguins, flowers and berries to count) and for learning about animals other than your typical cats, dogs and bunnies.
I can already tell that this is a favourite story with my preschoolers and one that will be read over and over again.
Stephanie Yamniuk has taught first grade and works at the University of in Winnipeg, MB.
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