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Black & White Board book – January 2, 2007

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About the Author

Tana Hoban's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Brdbk edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061172111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061172113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tana Hoban's photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Julia Shpak on October 26, 2010
Format: Board book
Black & White board book is based on the simplicity of objects outlined in black & white that can be easily recognized by babies in their daily surroundings. This is one of those rare books that will interest even a newborn, since they reflexively prefer to look at high-contrast edges and patterns, especially black and white patterns.

The accordion-like fold out design of the book makes it a great border for a play area. The book is sturdy enough to stand by itself and entertain the baby during "tummy time", encouraging them to pick up their head and to look up at the pictures.

The size of a closed book is 6 x 6 inches. The cover closes with a handy Velcro patch to keep the book from unfolding. When opened, the book is 51 inches long. One side features 8 objects in white with a black background: a baby bottle, a balloon, a chair, buttons, a bird, a flower, a banana, and a sailboat. The other side has 6 objects in black with a white background: a fork and a spoon, a baby bib, a butterfly, a leaf, keys, and a cat. It's like having 2 books in 1 (instead of purchasing both "White on Black" and "Black on White" by Tana Hoban)!

Julia Shpak
Author of "Power of Plentiful Wisdom". Available on Amazon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Palmer on October 26, 2011
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I was amazed with how captivated she was with this book! It makes diaper changes so easy because she was so happy just staring at this! I could lay her down, stand the book up in a half circle around her and she'd be happy for 20 minutes looking at all the pictures! This was definitely something I didn't think I needed so early in her life, but was glad I got it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Irving McCullough on December 27, 2008
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My 3 month old finds this very mesmerizing. I prefer it over the traditional version because rather than sitting down to read this book to your baby it's nicer to stand it up and let them look at it for a while. It works really well for tummy time. It's nice to get 2 books in one as well - one side is Hoban's Black on White and the other is White on Black.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Kerby on July 8, 2012
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I noticed that my 2 week old daughter kept staring at our skylight, and when I mentioned it to my mother-in-law, she said that it was because of the contrast. Then I read in another book that very young babies see contrast best (and they also like faces).

I decided to look for some sort of book or toy that I could put out for her to look at. I found this, and I'm so happy that I did!

My daughter LOVES this book. When I open it for her, she just stares and stares at the pages, totally captivated. Right now she seems to prefer the black pages, with the exception of the butterfly white page. It's neat to see her take such an interest in something even though she is so young. I am curious to see whether she starts to like the white pages equally as her vision continues to develop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thewahlmighty on February 12, 2010
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I was told that the black and white books by Tana Hoban were good. And, after purchasing Black & White, I agree.

In this book, eight pictures are shown in white with a black background. There's a baby bottle, a balloon, a chair, buttons, a bird, a flower, a banana and a sailboat. The book folds out, making it great for tummy time, and the objects shown are simple ones that a baby is sure to see (in color) around him. On the opposite side of the above pictures, when folded out, six more are shown in black with a white background. There's a fork and spoon, a baby bib, a butterfly, a leaf, keys and a cat.

I own three black and white books. And, while I think Baby Animals Black and White: Black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is the best, I'm glad I bought Hoban's Black & White.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Perdue on January 21, 2008
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I loved this book for my newborn. He loved to stare at the pictures in this book, even in the first month of life (when it was hard to get him to look at much at all). The accordion style was perfect to set around him as he lay down. I think he liked the keys the best. Now he loves to chew the corners! This is my favorite gift for new moms as it is a book that can be enjoyed the first few weeks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarkG on June 30, 2015
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The book is well-made, folds and opens easily, the velcro catch is handy. The pictures, while striking, are odd choices for a baby: A bit like random graphic art silhouettes assembled together and labeled a baby book. I wish there were more baby-relatable objects, or at least objects with simpler, more recognizable silhouettes. I mean, car keys? A fork and spoon? A bib? It's hard to get excited talking to a baby about these things. Even the cat is drawn in an odd arched posture not commonly shown to a baby. The book works to show objects with eye-catching figure-ground differences to a newborn, but then you don't need fine graphic arts to do that. We've been showing our 3 month old this book since he was 2 weeks, and it peaked at about 2 months with mild interest. A style note -- This book is the polar opposite of "Look Look!" which new parents often buy with it -- that book is hyper-stylized abstract representations of menacingly grinning suns and creepy cartoon kids. But the images are at least clearly made for babies, even if their style is odd. I wish there were simple books for young babies with friendly, cute, and relatable objects.
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