Pustakalana Bag of Books #2 (0-3 years)

  1. Mommy Hugs (Karen Katz) - Boardbook 32 pages

Loving mother/child embraces are counted, from one nuzzle-wuzzle wake-up hug to ten 'I love you...' good-night hugs. The baby's day also includes encouraging two 'Choo-choo! Open wide!' yummy hugs at breakfast, comforting 'I'll always catch you!' sliding hugs at the park, and so on. Each spread features the number word in lower-case letters, the numeral, and countable heart shapes. Katz's trademark round-headed characters are cheerful and exude warmth. The sunny pictures capture familiar activities, and a playful puppy is part of the scene. The collage, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations have polka-dot and floral patterns that add visual interest. This book is great for interactive baby storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library.
    1. Little Blue Truck (Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry) - Boardbook 30 pages

    Folksy rhyming stanzas introduce readers to Blue, the eponymous pickup truck, and the barnyard critters he greets as he navigates the country roads near his farmhouse. The first half of the book is an enchanting, toddler-entrancing symphony of animal noises and beeps. The cheerful text mimics the bouncing of the truck, and the warm folk-art illustrations call to mind the paintings of Grandma Moses. Then it begins to rain, and a mean, self-important dump truck enters the story. When the Dump gets mired in the mud and honks for help, he gets no response: "nobody heard/(or nobody cared)." Then Blue drives into the puddle to assist, but also gets stuck. When Blue cries for help, the animals rush to the rescue. From this, the dump truck learns that "a lot depends/on a helping hand/from a few good friends." While the message might be a little heavy-handed, this is still a fun, rollicking story that should find a place in most collections.—Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD.

    1. Mister Seahorse (Eric Carle) - Boardbook 28 pages

    When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle's heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear "peek-a-boo" pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

    1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ( Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle) - Boardbook 26 pages

    The Bear books are a cultural landmark and a key milestone in many children's reading lives. And many adults today remember reading the Bear books themselves as well as the experience of reading them for the first time to their own children. Whether in a picture book or a reader, and now in eBook and audio, the same bold graphics and repetitive, rhythmic text have truly stood the test of time. --Laura Godwin, Vice President and Publisher, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

    1. Spot’s Busy Days (Eric Hill)

    Spot can't stand still! In Spot's Busy Days he's out and about every day, visiting museums, the swimming pool, market, park and fun fair! Young Spot fans will love using the clues on the chunky tabs to find out where Spot loves going the most.

    Each page in this first words book is full of objects from popular places that children like to visit. The bright artwork will engage your child's interest, making it ideal for parent-child interaction. It will help to expand your child's vocabulary and knowledge of places they commonly experience..

    Anindita Prameswari
    Anindita Prameswari


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