We’ve discovered some marvelous finds in the last few weeks. All of them happen to be relatively new books, which was not my intention: but they’ve certainly stood out.
Chicken Chicken Duck by Nadia Krilanovich. In a simple rhythm and using bright and realistic paintings of animals, Nadia Krilanovich introduces animal and their sounds to the young reader. The animals are all stacked on top of each other in silly ways, and they are also painted on a plain white background, which is just perfect for this simple words book. White space gives the realistic paintings plenty of breathing space. Each series of animals ends with a loud QUACK, a favorite sound for a toddler and preschooler to make in a really loud voice. Raisin and I read this over and over and OVER again the first day. He loves being able to “read” it himself, the rhythm is fun, and the “Quacks” are the best. The only compliant is it’s too short: just one more page illustrating a big animal mess would have been lots of fun. As it was, it’s certainly one to remain in the frequent reading rotation for the foreseeable future. (Published by Tricycle Press, March 2011. I read a library copy.) (more…)