Who Has These Feet? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks
Published by Henry Holt & Co, an imprint of Macmillan

Who Has These Feet? That is the question of the hour in the book by the same name. Hulbert doesn’t beat around any bushes, asking readers “Who has these feet?” on the very first page, as we are confronted with Brooks’s illustration of great, hairy, white feet. Turns out, it is a polar bear who has these feet, and it needs all that fur on the bottom so it won’t slip on the ice.

It is entirely possible that Who Has These Feet is the new favorite in our household. “Feet book!” is a constant request, and every time I read the eponymous question, Daniel responds with a little questioning shrug, “Which animal?” Daniel likes the predictive text and the interaction he has inserted into it, and I like the ability of Who Has These Feet to grow with the child reading it. Daniel is not yet ready for the explanations of why the different animals have different kinds of feet, for now it is enough to recognize and match them. However, an older child could easily be fascinated by the requirements that environment and behavior put on an animal’s feet. For these children, there is enough detail first to satisfy and later to spark an interest and further exploration. For those too young to be interested in this, though, the ‘why’ sections are brief enough to maintain the quick flow of the book.

Not only is Hulbert’s text very well balanced, but Brooks’s illustrations are absolutely charming, with great details on the cloe-ups of the animal feet.

A fun and informative book to read for toddlers on up. Highly recommended.

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Blue Hat, Green Hat – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

We’re really big on colors around here right now, so I picked up Blue Hat, Green Hat for Daniel thinking it would be something similar to Will You Wear a Blue Hat? in that the colors would be the main focus of the book. This turned out not to be the case, but like every Boynton book, what we did get was well worth having.

The elephant, deer, and bear are showcasing their colorful wardrobes, wearing hats, followed by shirts, pants, coats, socks, and shoes. The turkey wants to join in their fashion show, but he can’t quite figure out how to wear the clothes correctly, putting the hat on his feet, the pants on his head, the socks on his wings. As a result, every page reads something like this: “Blue hat, green hat, red hat, oops.” Finally the turkey figures it out and assembles a complete and correct outfit but, alas, he wears said outfit to dive into a pool. “Oops.”

As it turned out, Blue Hat, Green Hat had even more to it than I was looking for. Not only is it a good use of color, we also get clothing vocabulary, and can even start a discussion of why what the turkey was doing was an “oops” and how we wear different articles of clothing. Amazing what Sandra Boynton can do in 7 words per page.

Highly recommended.

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Touch and Feel Baby Animals – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Touch and Feel Baby Animals by DK Publishing
Published by DK Preschool, an imprint of DK Publishing

Spring is (more or less) here, and Easter is coming up! Our local children’s museum has eggs and chicks as the new rotating exhibit, so it is definitely time to read books about baby animals.

Of all of these types of books that Daniel has so far, my favorite by far is Touch and Feel Baby Animals from DK. I picked it up in the first place mainly because of the fact is is from DK, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by something they have put out.

Why is this my favorite tactile animal book? A couple of reasons. First of all, in addition to the baby chicks, rabbits, and calves, they also include baby elephants and even baby gorillas! I love that they move beyond the barnyard. Also, they do a great job of rich language with varied verbs and adjectives. We stroke, scratch, feel, touch, and tickle the soft, rough, fluffy, velvety, and furry baby animals.

Daniel just prefers it because he’s a big fan of tickling things, and he loves being told to tickle the baby gorilla.

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Three Hens and a Peacock – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester A. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole
Published by Peachtree Publishing

The Tuckers’ farm is a quiet place until, one day, when a peacock shows up on the front step. Not one to sit idly by, the peacock starts strutting his stuff, and draws a crowd to the Tuckers’ farm stand. Not too surprisingly, the hens start to get jealous of all the attention the peacock is getting, especially since he doesn’t even do any of the work around the farm, not like them, intrepid egg-layers that they are. In order to calm everyone down, the farm hound dog suggests that the peacock and the hens switch jobs.

My very favorite thing about Three Hens and a Peacock is the illustration. The pictures are gorgeously drawn, slightly cartoonish with rich, beautiful colors. The level of detail in the illustration just adds to the pure beauty. I also like the twist on the ‘be yourself’ storyline; the hens are so much fun when they are trying to fancy themselves up, to be what they aren’t. You really can’t beat chickens with beads, bows, and bracelets. Plus, you know Daniel loves the fact that there are chickens, not to mention cows (although the cows are just part of the farm backdrop).

Three Hens and a Peacock is a fun and beautiful book, and one our family has really enjoyed. Highly recommended.

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Everywhere a Moo Moo – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Everywhere a Moo, Moo by Scholastic
Published by Children’s Press, an imprint of Scholastic

Despite the suggestive title, Everywhere a Moo, Moo is not the entirety of Old McDonald Had a Farm. According to some reviews I’ve seen, some readers who were expecting Old McDonald have been somewhat disappointed. Instead, each page has an animal – the cow, for example – and says, “Old McDonald had a cow. Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo.” The book goes through a slew of Old McDonald-worthy farm animals: cow, pig, sheep, duck, horse.

Let me tell you, this book has been GOLDEN around here lately. We love it because it has really solidified Daniel’s naming of these basic farm animals (he was a little iffy on ‘sheep’ before) and his command of the animals’ noises (‘oink’ and ‘quack’ are now second nature). Daniel loves it because there are ANIMALS, people! Plus, he gets to interact with it, I read “Old McDonald had a…” and he gets to fill in the name of the animal AND tell me what the animal says. Plus there are pictures of real animals, not drawings, and that realism is always a plus. I think we read this every night for three or four weeks, and are still reading it occasionally.

This is a fun, well constructed way to work on farm animals. Lots of learning here, and lots of room to make it interactive for the child who is really starting to ‘get’ them.

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