by Henry Cole
Little Simon 2014
A delightful concept book on visual perspectives. The story begins with an up close view of a ladybug, then zooms out to little bug on a big leaf. It then zooms out to a small leaf near a big flower, and so on. We compare perspectives on houses, barns, and trees, until we end with an illustration of a sleeping, big dog. Brilliant story arc and wonderfully rendered illustrations will teach perspectives; it will particularly delight young artists and engineers. A book worth seeking out.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Philomel Books, 1969
I now understand why this book continues to be a very big seller year after year—it has everything to fascinate a child.
First, on the cover, appears a very large green caterpillar, with a clashing red head. On the fourth page in, the largest, warmest, friendliest sun glows. Then—so cool—an actual hole is punched in an apple. And holes are punched in pears, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and all of a child’s favorite foods, until the eating caterpillar gets a tummy ache. Then the reader learns how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. The art looks like kid art. Simple, kid friendly, engaging with cool holes-—a ‘must have’ for the earliest of readers. I’m sure some can count the holes, count the fruits and practice math, too. A brilliant book for pre-readers.
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