Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Book review: My First Flip-Flap Book of Fruit

This pretty board book introduces young children to apples, watermelons, oranges, strawberries, peaches, honeydew melons, grapes, bananas, pineapple, and pumpkin. The inclusion of pumpkin was very unexpected.

I would have appreciated an age-recommendation so I would know if it was appropriate as a gift for a particular child. The Amazon page says "Reading level: Ages 9-12" which cannot possibly be right. Very few nine year olds or twelve year olds would read an early start board book.

The illustrations are colorful and realistically cartoony. The pages are glossy and sturdy and should hold up pretty well in the hands of a preschooler. The front inside cover of the book gives the adult specific instructions on how to interpret the icons that identify activities on each page; it also explains the stages of a child's development in recognizing objects and gives tips about forming good reading habits.

If you care about these sorts of things: The outside of the book features a boy, and there are 15 more boys inside the book but only 8 girls. The characters are mostly Caucasian, but there are also Asian, African-American, and Hispanic looking characters. The book is printed in China.

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