This boldly illustrated alphabet book is great for infants and toddlers. The high contrast of each image against its background and the thick lines which outline every figure make it easy for young babies to engage with the illustrations, while the simple text is perfect for newly verbal toddlers. Even children who do not yet understand the alphabet can take joy in calling out the names for the animals and objects they recognize. The book also provides opportunities for toddlers to learn new words, such as armadillo, nest, and queen, that are not often used in everyday conversation. Miss Muffet has enjoyed multiple readings of this book since it arrived, and though other alphabet books don't seem to interest her, this one is one of her most requested at the moment.
Jane Foster's 123 by Jane Foster (ISBN: 9781499800739)
Jane Foster's 123 is illustrated in the same style as the ABC book above, and just like the ABC book, it is a more traditional concept book, which focuses on learning to count without a lot of extra gimmicks or ploys to get kids interested. Some of the illustrations repeat images from the ABC book, which makes both books feel a little more manufactured and a bit less personal, but it is nice to see that straightforward counting books geared at the interests of very young children still exist! Miss Muffet's favorite part of this book is the last page, where there are ten fish. I'm not sure if it's her fascination with the fish or just a coincidence, but this was the first book where I counted to ten and actually heard her saying, "Eight, nine, ten!" along with me at the end. She doesn't love this book quite as much as Jane Foster's ABC, but we'll be hanging onto it to share with her new sibling when he or she arrives later this month!
I received review copies of Jane Foster's ABC and Jane Foster's 123 from Little Bee Books.