________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 14 . . . . March 2, 2007

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I Spy Little Bunnies.

Jean Marzollo. Photographs by Walter Wick.
New York, NY: Scholastic (Distributed in Canada by Scholastic Canada), 2006.
24 pp., board, $9.99.
ISBN 978-0-439-22158-0.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Valerie Nielsen.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

I spy bunny ears,

A little number 3

I spy a toothbrush bunny

Just for me!

 

What could be more toddler-friendly than a miniature I Spy board book about bunnies? I Spy Little Bunnies starts off with an illustrated page out of a 19th century beginners' alphabet book. The first bunny is an antique red-nosed stuffed rabbit. In the pages that follow, the bunnies can be spied in the clouds, in a bubble, in a mask, peeking over the corner of a page and even upside down.

     There are 12 pages of rhymes, each with clues as to what can be spied on the opposing page. Each page of photographs contains a wealth of fascinating things of all shapes and sizes in a rainbow of colours. Children of 2 to 5 years of age will enjoy pouring over these pages with an adult while they learn to identify many different items. As might be expected, most of the pictures represent toys (modern and old-fashioned, educational and otherwise). Sharing this book with a child will provide the adult with a great opportunity to enhance the little one's vocabulary and observational skills.

internal art      The 12 short rhymes provide just the right amount of text for the average 18-36 month attention span. The variety of photographs (all taken from earlier I Spy publications) has been carefully arranged and well chosen to maintain the interest of the toddler to age three group.

      In its sturdy board-book format, I Spy Little Bunnies will withstand the throwing and chewing and fighting over it is likely to get in a family of lively preschoolers. At $9.99 Canadian, it is sure to be a welcome present to such a family.

Highly Recommended.

A retired teacher-librarian, Valerie Nielsen lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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