Thursday 17 May 2012

Baby Animal Farm

Baby Animal FarmBaby Animal Farm by Karen Blair (Walker Books)
HB RRP $24.95
ISBN 9781921720376
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton

Baby Animal Farm is the perfect book for younger children. Five toddler friends spend a day venturing through a farm meeting baby animals along the way. The text is comfortably predictable and simple with one animal and then the sound the animal makes. ‘Cuddle the kittens. Mew, mew, mew.’

Of course, there is a break for lunch (‘Munch, munch, munch.’). Karen Blair has taken this book above the average baby animal farm book by injecting toddler angst when the one of the toddlers asks, ‘Where’s my teddy? Where? Where? Where?’ A puppy which has featured in the background of the illustrations saves the day to the delight of the five. The day ends with them asleep in their strollers.

The book is delightfully presented with the endpapers being utilised to their full extent. Both are fully illustrated with the back ones showing the farm and the baby animals asleep at night. Illustrations in pastel shades perfectly complement the text. Baby Animal Farm is a perfect book for carer and child to share.

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