________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 19 . . . . May 27, 2005

cover The Alphabet with Wild Animals. (Learning with Animals).

Mélanie Watt.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
30 pp., board, $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-829-6.

Subject Headings:
Alphabet-Juvenile literature.
Animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   
cover

Colors with Tropical Animals. (Learning with Animals).

Mélanie Watt.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
24 pp., board, $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-830-X.

Subject Headings:
Colors-Juvenile literature.
Animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   
cover

Opposites with Polar Animals. (Learning with Animals).

Mélanie Watt.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
24 pp., board, $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-832-6.

Subject Headings:
English language-Synonyms and antonyms-Juvenile literature.
Animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   
cover

Shapes with Ocean Animals. (Learning with Animals).

Mélanie Watt.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
24 pp., board, $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-833-4.

Subject Headings:
Form perception-Juvenile literature.
Animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   
cover

Numbers with Farm Animals. (Learning with Animals).

Mélanie Watt.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
24 pp., board, $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-831-8.

Subject Headings:
Counting-Juvenile literature.
Animals-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 1-5.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   

These five board books were originally published in 2003 as small paperbacks, and, at that time, they were originally packaged in a hardcover case bearing the collective title Learning With Animals. In the main, the comments of the original review (Volume 10, No. 2, Sept. 9, 2003) remain valid as the contents of these books are essentially the same, with minor exceptions and one large modification. For example, among the minor changes is the dropping of the closing double page spread in The Alphabet. The largest change has occurred in Colors where the original 13 double page spreads have been reduced to just 10, and the original’s 12 colours have been cut back to only eight. While red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white and black have been retained, the turquoise chameleon, the beige monkeys, the brown bats and the grey armadillo have all been omitted.

     Though slightly more expensive in the board book format than in the cased form, the quintet of board titles will obviously stand up better to the hard wear brought upon them accidentally or deliberately by young fingers.

Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and YA literature at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.

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