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When I stumbled across a new book series called "BabyLit" where youngsters are introduced to Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and our Jane (Pride and Prejudice) early I just about died with joy. It also helps that the cover is Squee-Worthy. These adorable "Counting Primer" board-books are brought to you by Gibbs Smith publishers, and I can tell you from the sneak peek I've been given of the contents that they are truly adorable (and involve ball gowns, violins, horses, marriage proposals and a mention of our Darcy's 10,000 a year). If you want to get your little bub interested in Jane Austen as much as you, then with words by Jennifer Adams and quaint cartoon illustrations by Alison Oliver (that remind me of a mixture of Roger Hargreave's Mr.Men/Little Miss books blended with Satoshi Kitamura's UFO Diary), you can't go past this. With gorgeous pinks, greens, blues and other dusty colours it's the most elegant children's book I've seen in a while, and if your child is learning their 1 to ten then this is a must buy. (Jennifer Duke thebennetsisters.wordpress.com 2011-07-07)
I have read all of Jane Austen works, many biographies, nonfiction, and oodles of sequels - but an Austen-inspired children's board book? Whoa! Curious? I was. Don't ya just love the creativity that our Jane inspires?
When I first heard about Pride & Prejudice: Little Miss Austen (BabyLit) by Jennifer Adams, the same author who wrote the lovely Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, I was quite intrigued. Would this be a retelling of one of my favorite classic novels for very young readers? How would it translate into a children's counting primer? And, how the heck would I review a children's book - total virgin territory for me.
Once I had a copy of the book in hand, many of my concerns were immediately dispelled. It was indeed a board book, a small compact cardboard version of a book - easy for a child to hold, unrippable and chewable. (Yes. As a bookseller, I have seen many a toddler stick a board book in their mouth and gnaw on it like a teething ring.) At 22 pages, it was both compact and lightweight, but what will ultimately appeal to parent and child is the total Pride and Prejudice theme that author Jennifer Adams and illustrator Alison Oliver have embraced. From the bright and cheery front cover displaying an image of (one assumes) a wide eyed, and very young Miss Austen, to the 20 clever and striking illustrations inside, I was awed by the choice of characters, Regency clothing and objects used and the ease of the text. . .
Charming, whimsical and historical accurate, Pride & Prejudice: Little Miss Austen, offers the very young reader an early introduction to Jane Austen - planting seeds for her total world take-over!(Laurel Ann Nattress Austenprose.com 2011-08-03)
I don’t usually write about books for babies but today I came across a set of board books that I just had to share with all of you. Perfect as a gift for a literary-loving expectant mother or to introduce your little one to the classics, BabyLit® has brilliantly created primers out of classic literature such as Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet and Alice in Wonderland, written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Allison Oliver. Four of the titles have even been turned into iBooks and are available for purchase on the iBookstore. Not only that, you can purchase prints, stuffed character dolls, buttons and totes that correspond with each of the tales. How adorable would these Pride & Prejudice prints be to decorate a little girl’s nursery, complete with a Mr. Darcy doll? I’m honestly in love with these products!
As for an actual review, and not just décor suggestions, I purchased the iBook version of Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice (one of my absolute favorites) and was impressed with the format of the text and bright images. I also loved the simple interactivity that can be found by touching the pictures on certain pages. Children will love to find the sounds of people talking, horses neighing and music playing as they read this story.(Amy The Brilliant Blog for Children's Books 2013-03-07)
For Suzanne―J.A.For Louanne―A.O. Text © 2011 Jennifer Adams Illustrations © 2011 Alison Oliver BabyLit™ is a registered trademark of Gibbs Smith, Publisher All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced by any means whatsoever without written permission from the publisher, except brief portions quoted for purpose of review. Designed by Alison Oliver Printed and bound in Heshan, China by Leo Paper Manufactured in Heshan, China in May 2011 by Leo Paper Products, Ltd. Gibbs Smith books are printed on either recycled, 100% post-consumer waste, FSC-certified papers or on paper produced from sustainable PEFC-certified forest/controlled wood source. Learn more at www.pefc.org. Published by Gibbs Smith P.O. Box 667 Layton, Utah 84041 1.800.835.4993 orders www.gibbs-smith.com ISBN: 978-1-4236-2202-4 First Edition 15 14 13 12 11 5 4 3 2 1 BabyLit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature. Visit BabyLit.com for more information. See all Editorial Reviews
Adorable book for Austen fans. Wish it came with cloth dolls of Elizabeth and DarcyPublished 11 days ago by JJL
Ultimately, this is a "counting primer", as the book says. And it most certainly does that; however, in my honest opinion, it could have been a much better book by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Watts
I love these babylit books! The artwork is colorful and super appealing to my kids. I love the fact that they're based on classic novels yet presented in a way that's educational... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer schaller
I stumbled upon Jennifer Adams board books through Pinterest. I thought it was such a wonderful and cute idea. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amberg83
What a great idea for little ones. I try to be very particular about the children's books I buy. I look for a fun plot (yes, a picture book should still have some sort of plot,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah McElwaney