Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Short but Sweet for Squirmy Audiences

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Short but Sweet for Squirmy Audiences

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt, Times-Union staff writer

Today's first two selections are for toddlers with their inherently short attention spans. Long narratives just won't do, so try these brightly colored, cleverly written books to capture youngsters' attention. When their eyes wander and they start to squirm out of your lap, direct children's attention back to the text by asking them to lift a flap or pull a tab.

-- Title: Colors

-- Author and illustrator: Robert Crowther

-- Publisher: Candlewick Press

-- Price: $12.99

-- Ages: 2 to 5

Open this thick book and delve into a lesson in primary colors. For example, the left side of the first double page spread says "red." Pull the tab on the facing page, and see simply rendered pictures of a brick, watermelon, tomato, lobster, ladybug and poppy. Lift the flaps and see strawberries and red ants. The "yellow" spread includes a sun, egg yolk, banana, daffodil, canary and lemon.

This is the kind of book where adults teach children colors and vocabulary by turning pages, asking questions and prompting children to point at the illustrations. "Where is the frog?" Which animal on this page says, "oink"? "There is an orange tiger. Where did we see a tiger? Was it at Grandma's house or the grocery store or the zoo?"

Children will delight in playing with the flaps and tabs that reveal 80 hidden pictures. Colors is fun and educational -- the best combination possible in a book for the pre-school set.

The author's other titles include Robert Crowther's Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book, Robert Crowther's Deep Down Underground and Robert Crowther's Amazing Pop-up House of Inventions.

-- Title: Maisy's Big Flap Book

-- Author and illustrator: Lucy Cousins

-- Publisher: Candlewick Press

-- Price: $12.99

-- Ages: 2 to 5

After you've read Colors, continue lift-the-flap fun with a book starring one of today's most beloved children's book characters, a mouse named Maisy. …

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