The ABC Kids Book of Places to Go by Helen Martin, Judith Simpson & Cheryl Orsini (Harper Collins Children’s Books) PB RRP $24.99
Reviewed by Karen Hendriks
The creators of The ABC Book of Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes and The ABC Book of Seasons have come up with a book that introduces its young readers to Places to Go. This latest book allows for reader interaction and discussion in a fun simple way by sharing places that the child goes to. Then it broadens a young reader’s knowledge by introducing places that are afar. The concept that the world is full of fun and exciting places to explore is a wonderful introduction to a world beyond our own backyard.
This book would suit 2-6 year olds and it also fits in nicely with the school curriculum so teachers will find the book a handy resource.
The fun, simple language in the book uses questioning to bring out the enquiring mind of the child. This interacts well with the illustrations that delightfully show places and allow the child to share what they know and find. The illustrations are detailed and the colour palette draws the eye without being too busy or hard. The more you look, the more you can explore.
I like the way the text shows but doesn’t tell the place. Here’s an example: ‘There are many different places to visit at the shopping centre. Scissors snip – click, clack –cutting hair front and back! Up and down between the shops, the escalator never stops. Hooray! Hooray! New shoes today! Stepping out to walk and play.’
This book is a worthwhile tool to create bonding as the child and parent can really spend time discussing and exploring. It can also allow for talk about places to visit and explore as a family. Or perhaps it can allow talk about where grandparents or relatives live or maybe travel to. The world globe can be looked at and a child may choose a faraway distinction or a local one that is unknown to learn more about and explore.
So many places…
Special things to do…