Tana Hoban has created an elegant solution for those who want to initiate children into the infinite wonders of reading. This picture book compels parents to talk to their babies as they share the wordless pages with their little ones. Black illustrations on a white background provide high contrast for infants' underdeveloped eyes. Soothingly familiar, silhouetted shapes--a leaf, a key ring, a bib, an elephant--will be recognized by the very young, and through these simple pictures, aspiring readers will begin to identify the link between the objects they see and the words their caregivers say. Hoban, beloved author of many childhood favorites, including Black on White's companion piece, White on Black, as well as Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? and What Is It?, has struck gold again--black gold, that is. It's the perfect baby gift! (Baby to Preschool) --Emilie Coulter
Guided by the same precepts as those inspiring Dick Witt's Let's Look at Animals and Let's Look at My World (see review above), Hoban creates two stylish board books using only black and white. One volume drops out clearly recognizable shapes from black ground (a sailboat, a bird, a flower and so forth appear in white); the other sets black objects against white ground. The black in both books is shiny enough to reflect images on facing pages. White on Black may be more dramatic, but Black on White is more varied, alternating solid shapes (leaf, fork and spoon) with patterned or stencil-like images (butterfly, spectacles). Hoban's compositions are so supple and her layouts so well balanced that she casts a kind of spell; it's as if the color and black-and-white segments of the Wizard of Oz were reversed, with the ordinary seeming somehow magical. Ages 6 mos.-up.
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Two kids and 3 years later, this book is still in excellent condition. My kids loved it when they were babies, but after about 1.5 they lost interest. Cute book with good binding. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books are great for infants! Set this up in front of the baby for tummy-time and to keep them distracted for a while; they will stay there longer without fussing and hold... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alaska9girl
STUNNING book. No words, just large black common objects on white background.Published 6 months ago by loboscarol
This is a perfect book for newborns (and babies) with the high contrast, single object pictures on each page. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have used this book with my granddaughter since she was 2 months old. It's great for short periods of time & a good way to get children moving towards a love of reading &... Read morePublished 9 months ago by legf7