Category: photos

Snow White (Publisher: Hylas)

By , August 24, 2007 7:47 pm

I found this hardcover picture book at Tuesday Morning for $2.99. Even at Amazon, this hardcover is only $7.95 (and part of their 4-for-3 Promotion)! I don’t know why it is in everybody’s bargain bin, because I think it is totally cute!

This is the simple, classic story of Snow White recounted with no literary embelishments. The characters however, are dogs.

The photos are very cute and of good quality. The dogs are dressed up in costumes and are acting out the story (I know dogs can be cooperative animals, but I still suspect that a certain amount of photo manipulation is involved here).

I love the choice of the “cast.” Snow White is a lovable and innocent Golden Retriever, the wicked and vain Queen is a Poodle, and the Huntsman is played by a Rottweiler! The Seven Dwarfs are beyond cute (all small breeds of course).

Perhaps this is vaguely reminiscent in an odd way of that bizarre old painting of the dogs playing poker. Is that why no one wants to buy this one? I don’t know. But I do know that my kids and I read it again and again. I see this as a hidden treasure for any animal loving family!

You and Me, Baby (Lynn Reiser, Penny Gentieu)

By , August 15, 2007 7:53 pm

I have to review this one since it is the current absolute all-time favorite of my 19 month-old. She wants it over and over and over again.

The book consists of a series of photos of babies and their Moms (and one Dad) doing the things that babies do: look at Mom, wave to Dad, eat, etc. Not exactly at the top of my list of fascinating books, but when you are 19 months-old, this is all pretty exciting.

Each baby/parent section is displayed on a background and with accessories of a different color, so I suppose that might become a topic of conversation eventually too.

This is a large-format book, so the photos are large too. They are clear and interesting.

There are some complaints on Amazon as to the rather stilted nature of the text, for example:

Hey, baby!
Look at you, looking at me,
looking at you, looking at me.

No, this is not how I talk to my little one. It is not “natural” speech, but it is very repetitive and rhythmic and my baby seems to love it, probably for that reason. Personally, I have no problem with the flow of the text.

My only comment would be that I wish this book could come in a board book format. It has been so loved at our house that I am just waiting for the pages to be torn to shreds with enthusiasm since my little girl even loves “reading” it by herself!

Look-Alikes (Joan Steiner)

By , July 5, 2007 9:55 pm

The Look-Alikes series is wonderfully clever! Almost everything in the picture is actually something else, for example a tree might be broccoli, or a fence post might be a crayon. I can’t imagine how long these photos took to set up.

There is a list of all objects in each photo at the end of the book, so you can see how you did (if you want to). Personally, I prefer to just be happy discovering new objects each time I open the book. Unlike many other find-it books where you quickly learn what’s there, you can look at this book a hundred times and still see something new.

There is also a Look-Alikes Jr.: The More You Look, the More You See! with less detailed photos that are easier for younger kids to search.

The books are great for travel since they seem to keep kids happy for quite some time. This is entertaining searching for children as well as adults. Our favorite traveling-on-the-airplane game is when the adult says: “I see a penny” or “I see a comb” for example, and the kids have to try and find it.

Also check out Look-Alikes Christmas: The More You Look, the More You See!. I have not personally seen that one, but it sounds fun. If anyone can comment on the Christmas book, I’d love to hear from you!

Baby Animals of the Southwest (Rising Moon Books)

By , June 13, 2007 10:42 am

This board book is not your ordinary inventory of baby cows, pigs, and ducks. As a resident of the Southwestern US, I could not resist buying this for my 17 month-old, and she loves it!

This book contains adorable photos of the following babies: prairie dog, bighorn sheep, roadrunner, skunk, red-tailed hawk, javelina, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, and quail.

It is a sturdy board book format. Each two-page spread has a photo and a simple sentence about the animal (for example: “A baby javelina has a snout.”).

What a welcome change from all the baby farm animal books out there!

My Mom (Sue Huszar, Debbie Bailey)

By , April 22, 2007 8:53 pm

This is my 15 month-old’s current favorite so I have to write about it. I have had this for all three of my children and they all find at absolutely FASCINATING at about this age (and beyond). The book consists of simple (and honestly, kind of ordinary) photographs of mothers and children playing, cooking, reading, and doing other different things together.

The photos look homemade (maybe this is part of the attraction?) but they are very racially and culturally diverse.

My kids have all loved it. My four year-old really didn’t want to let his baby sister have this one, so he is “lending” it to her. There is definitely something fascinating here!

Another plus is that My Mom is a board book, so it has lasted through three children loving it. I don’t have to worry about my 15 month-old destroying it.

There are other similar books in the series about Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Brothers, Sisters, and Families. I think we may get a few more since my baby loves these so!

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