Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and illustrated by Suzy Lee.
When I read Kathy’s review (BermudaOnion’s Weblog) of this book I was intrigued by how clever it looked, but wondered if it would be too old for my almost two and a half year old son. Kathy was sweet enough to mail it to Gage so we could find out. She is a very generous book blogger and if you are not reading her blog you should be. Thanks, Kathy 🙂
This is a book within a book within a book…I wasn’t sure Gage would ‘get’ the concept. The first time I tried to read it he lasted about 3 seconds before he closed the book and said ‘”don’t like it”. I decided not to take this too seriously since this has been his phrase of choice for the last week or so. So, last night before bed we tried again and he flipped through the book forward and then backward. Now that we’ve gotten him to ‘like’ it I know that we will have more fun with it.
This book is the argument for traditional publishing. The pages must be touched and flipped to really experience the unique aspect of the story. It’s very visual. Not only is it the story of a ladybug, a frog, a rabbit, a bear, and a giant, it is also a tool to teach small ones about sizes and colors. Gage does know his colors but sizes are something we’re working on so this will be great for that. I love the concept and the physical appeal of this novel kid’s book. I do think it will be best loved by 3+.