FISHER-PRICE: EXPLORE THE RAINFOREST: DISCOVERING COLORS, by Lucy
Rosen, illustrated by Sue Hendra, HarperCollins, $7.99; ages 6
The rainforest is a very colorful place. On each page an object
is mentioned and as the wheel is turned the animals and insects
change colors. Children will be able to recognize the color along
with the word as they move the wheel around.
MONKEY'S SURPRISE: DISCOVERING NUMBERS & COUNTING, by Lucy
Rosen, HarperCollins, $7.99; ages 6 months-3 years.
Monkey is looking for bananas for his party. The animals
discover one more to count on each page. Besides learning to count,
children will learn number recognition and animal identity.
EVEN FIREFIGHTERS GO TO THE POTTY: A POTTY TRAINING LIFT-THE-FLAP
STORY, by Wendy Wax and Naomi Wax, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin,
Simon & Schuster, $7.99; ages 2-4.
If it is toilet training time in your house, this story will
give the participants a good chuckle. Do you ever wonder why you
have to wait in the doctor's office so long? It is probably because
the doctor had to use the bathroom. You wonder why the waiter
hasn't been to your table yet? It is probably because the waiter
has to make a bathroom visit and also is shown washing his hands.
Although most of the employees listed in the book are male workers,
children will get a kick out of seeing them visit the bathroom.
ABC3D, by Marion Bataille, Roaring Brook, $19.95; ages 2-5.
A variety of techniques are used in displaying the letters of
the alphabet. C slides into D and E slides to F. O and P become Q
and R with a simple overlay page. V changes to W with a mirror
image. This alphabet book will be enjoyed for a long time.
10 THINGS I CAN DO TO HELP MY WORLD: FUN AND EASY ECO-TIPS, by
Melanie Walsh, Candlewick, $15.99; ages 3 and up.
The light bulb on the cover and the black first page is a
reminder to us to turn off lights when we leave a room. Children
are doing well these days as part of the environmental effort. Each
page poses an example. When the page is turned, it shows the
solution. The book presents kid-friendly ways for children to
understand environmental issues.
CLACKERS: DUCK and CLACKERS: BUNNY, illustrated by Luana Rinaldo,
Robin Corey Books, $5.99; ages 0-3.
What fun these sturdy board books are for the smallest hands.
Each has a hole in the top made for little fingers to carry the
book. When the book is wiggled it makes a clacking sound. Bunny
bounces around meeting a lamb and a bird to learn how they sound.
In Duck, we learn what is found in and around a pond. Bee and Fish
are also in the Clackers series.
PEEKABOO, BUNNY!, illustrated by Linda Karl, Golden Books, $4.99;
Most children have heard the story of Pat the Bunny. Now they
can lift the flaps of this board book to help Bunny find animals
that hide around the house. Then the tables are turned and the
other animals have to find Bunny. The story will help children
identify many other items as they open doors, lift covers and peek
MOMMY CALLS ME MONKEYPANTS, by J. D. Lester, illustrations by Hiroe
Nakata, Robin Corey Books, $7.99, ages 0-3.
What animal mom would nickname her baby Peekaboo? If you guessed
a kangaroo, you would be right. The little girl doesn't know why
her mom calls her Monkeypants but I know you will when you look at
the picture on the cover of this board book. Children will enjoy
the mother-and-child interaction.
PETER RABBIT SNUGGLE, by Beatrix Potter, Warne, $14.99, ages
As the title suggests, a little one might just want to snuggle
with this cloth book. The cover is flannel with a stitched title
and appliqué rabbit. This is part of a new series of
environmentally friendly Peter Rabbit Naturally Better books. Also
included in this new collection is one for parents to record baby's
BABY NOSE TO BABY TOES, by Vicky Ceelen, Random House, $7.99; ages
Pictures of babies and animals are featured. Children will enjoy
looking at the picture of a baby monkey sucking his thumb.
Judy Belanger is Chicago Parent's children's book reviewer
and a retired elementary learning resource center teacher with four
grandchildren. She continues to substitute in grades K-6.
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