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Black is Brown is Tan | by Arnold Adoff

black is brown is tan

Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
(Amistad, 2002, 40 pages)

Family like mine. Poetically captured.

4/5 stars

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A Was Once an Apple Pie | adapted by Suse MacDonald — Dr. Seuss’s ABC | by Dr. Seuss

A Was Once an Apple Pie

A Was Once an Apple Pie by Edward Lear; adapted by Suse MacDonald
(Orchard Books, 2005, 32 pages)

My daughter and I were able to get some quality reading time in this week while she was home sick. We went with an alphabet theme, starting with A Was Once an Apple Pie. This alphabet poem by Edward Lear was adapted by illustrator Suse MacDonald. The bright pictures provide a nice accompaniment to the rhyming, sing-songy poem written by Lear – a man known for his literary playfulness. This was fun to read aloud, especially once I got the right cadence 😉

Dr. Seuss's ABC

Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
(Random House Books for Young Readers, 1991, 63 pages)

I remember reading this classic when I was younger and I loved it then. It made sense to finish up our alphabet storytime with Dr. Seuss. The setup of the book is perfect for building anticipation in the form of repetition. Almost every introduction to a letter begins the same way, “Big A, little a, what begins with A?” and everything about the wording and the illustrations stands out. I could feel this more strongly since I associate the book with my own childhood, but I don’t think so 🙂

Dr. Seuss’s ABC will undoubtedly have a steady rotation in our household. A classic book that lends itself to a vibrant, punchy, and interactive reading experience.

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Bubbles, Bubbles | by Kathi Appelt — Mama, Do You Love Me? | by Barbara M. Joosse

Bubbles Bubbles

Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt; pictures by Fumi Kosaka
(Scholastic, 2002, 18 pages)

My reading life has changed a bit since having a baby back in January. Picture books are now a regular part of my rotation and they have the highest completion rate (shocking, I know). Even though my daughter hasn’t hit 5 months yet, early literacy is important and I’m doing what I can to try and raise a “reader.”

Bubbles, Bubbles is a book about bath time. The book’s nameless protagonist (along with her rubber duck and frog companions) gets ready for her bath. The book has bold and engaging pictures which will catch your child’s eye. Also, Appelt uses fun words and repetition to make for a lively reading experience. I got some giggles out of my daughter more than a few times with the ways I played with rhymes and exaggerated words.

Mama, Do You Love Me

Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
(Scholastic, 1991, 27 pages)

Mama, Do You Love Me? exceeded my expectations. My daughter received it in a basket of books from her great grandmother and I just appreciated that it offered up diverse characters (a topic that has received a lot of discussion recently). The story is about a young girl who wants to know just how much her mother loves her. The daughter’s questions and the mother’s responses are sweet. Even when the daughter goes to extremes (what if I turn into a polar bear?!) her mother explains that even if she was scared or surprised there are no limits on the love she has for her daughter.

This book definitely lends itself for engaging your child throughout the reading. I’d echo the mother in the book’s sentiments and talk to my daughter about how much I love her (I promise I’m not being cheesy). A nice addition to a long line of books that highlight the love between parents and their children.

*Since the picture books we read are obviously going to be on the short side I’ll plan on combining reviews into a single post like you see here.*