The first one I chose was I Wish I Were a Pilot by Stella Blackstone. I knew this book would capture the attention of my little guy. He is completely in love with transportation vehicles. This book features several types of vehicles, but focuses mainly on the job title of who runs that vehicle. There were pilots, cyclists, balloonists, race car drivers and much more. There is also a page at the end with pictures of all the different ways of transportation. Of course there were so many ideas for teaching with this book and I love how this book made it easy to introduce these fun ways of moving with diverse machines.
The Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone. My son is also enamored with sea animals and I thought this book would be a fun way to identify them as well as finding the "secret" seahorse that is hiding on each page. What I found completely captivating in this book were the illustrations which were actually "antique fabrics and felt with sequins, buttons, beads and assorted bric-a-brac." They are so colorful and really make the rhyming story come alive. One thing that would be very helpful with a story like this would be to include a "key" to all the sea animals included in the story. I was unsure about several of them and had to ask my husband. The paperback version includes this, but not the board book which is what I received. However, this is such a great book even if you don't know all the names. At first my son couldn't find the seahorse that was hidden on each page until I pointed it out. It really blended into the background, but now that he "reads" it, he points out the seahorse on each page and of course he loves the clown fish picture the best!
*These books were provided to me free of charge by Liz from Barefoot Books for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of these books and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*
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