At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
This updated edition of Rockwell’s picture book from 1979 offers a modern and timeless feel. A little boy heads to the supermarket with his mother. They buy meat, fruit and vegetables, bread and peanut butter. In the cold dairy case, they get milk, butter, eggs and cheese. Then there are the items in boxes and cans like coffee and napkins. But it turns out that this is a special grocery trip and the boy and his mother select items to help them bake a birthday cake, including sprinkles and ice cream! Returning home, they bake the cake together.
There is something special about books that focus on a specific activity. This book is both universal and specific. Children will enjoy seeing the similarities of what their family buys and also the differences. Rockwell wisely lingers on the specific purchases, offering images of many of them. Her illustrations that update this new version of the book are done in acrylic gouache. They are simple and specific, underlining the universal appeal of the book and its subject.
Toddlers will relate quickly to this book and enjoy seeing another child heading out to the grocery store with a parent. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Henry Holt.
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown
This bright, fun book is sure to have toddler toes tapping in no time. In alternating double-page spreads, children see the feet of an animal and then get to guess what it is. When the page is turned, the answer is revealed. The rhyme and rhythm here are great, adding to the dancing theme. Each set of animal feet make a noise from Tippity! Tippity! to Thumpity! Thumpity! This engaging picture book is ideal for toddler story time where children need to get their wiggles out.
Craig’s verses are filled with infectious rhythms. The sound words she has selected make for book that will get kids moving and enjoying the guessing game. Brown’s collage is filled with vibrant color made even more interesting with textures. The illustrations are large and will project well to a group of children.
Toddlers who are wiggly will enjoy doing movements to this book, making animal noises and even using instruments to follow the rhythm of each type of foot step. With so many animals inside, it is sure to find a place on your go-to shelf for toddler storytimes. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from copy received from Knopf.
Also reviewed by:
Cinematical reports that Breaking Dawn will definitely be two films. Bill Condon will direct both films. Production begins this fall with the first of the two scheduled to be released on November 18, 2011.