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. Volume IX Number 3. . . . October 4, 2002
As with her stunning Hannah books, Marthe Jocelyn has again crafted delightful child-appealing collages to accompany her text, but this time aimed at a slightly younger audience.
Nellie is an energetic toddler who bounds out of bed in the morning ready for a fun-filled day of play. She is faced with the everyday choices of what to wear and what to eat before getting down to some serious games - all of which invite young listeners to participate and discover. Nellie is obviously an independent little girl, and, while an adult presence is evidenced by the fact that she must nap when she gets cranky and bathe when she gets muddy, we don't see an adult until she snuggles with Daddy for her bedtime story.
What distinguishes this catalogue of preschool activities from many similar books or board books is the strength of its illustrations. Jocelyn's uncluttered design consists of bold, vibrant collages that contrast with clean backgrounds and present a striking three-dimensional effect. She has used a variety of found objects and textures, such as buttons, zippers, felt, cloth, cut paper and others to create a tactile tapestry that will fool children into touching the page.
This book will be sure to be a winner with the preschool set.
Alison Mews is the the director of the Curriculum Materials Centre at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, NF.
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