Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BabyLit - Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

My interest in children's books has been reignited since becoming a Grandma. We're still in the board book stage. I've just come across the BabyLit series which combines classic literature and a learning opportunity to wee ones in board books.

The Secret Garden: A Flowers Primer by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. Taking inspiration from Frances Hodgson Burnett's story, Adams and Oliver have produced a colorful garden within the pages of this sturdy little book. The artwork is bright and vibrant, sure to catch a little one's eye. Each flower is named and recognizable. The opposite page has a quote about each flower surrounded by line drawings of the same. My only concern is that the 'words' page is a wee bit dull compared to the artwork page.

The Secret Garden is a wonderful way to introduce a baby/toddler to flowers and colors. Peek inside The Secret Garden.

And now that we've worked on colors, how about some language with Don Quixote: A Spanish Language primer, also by Jennifer Adams with art by Alison Oliver.

The basics of this classic tale of a brave Spanish knight are illustrated in bright, bold drawings. The same picture with slight changes is English on one side and Spanish on the opposite. Man, books, armor, horse, lady, windmills, friend, castle, goat and bed are the featured pictures and words. And isn't that the story in a nutshell?! Phonetic pronunciations for both English and Spanish speaker is on the back cover. Have a sneak peek inside Don Quixote.

From the BabyLit site: "With the timeless popularity of classic writers like Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare, BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. At BabyLit, we believe in the power of reading. Why? Because books take us places. Good places. And when we read with a child, we go places together. It’s more than just reading. It’s learning. It’s experiencing. It’s growing. If a million copies of our books encourage just one parent to read with their child, we will have succeeded. And printed a lot of books."

These two will making the trip with Grandma to read with my little guy this weekend!


bermudaonion said...

I love these books but think they're for the adults as much, if not more so, as for the children.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

We have Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre. I hadn't seen these two yet!