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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but Terribly Written, September 30, 2013
This review is from: Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit® Counting Primer (BabyLit Books) (Board book)
I can't disagree with those that found the pictures charming, the art is bright and eye catching. The problem with this book is that there is no age group for which it is entirely appropriate. The theme, counting, and the media, a board book, suggest that it's for infants and toddlers, but the items to be counted often require an understanding of concepts that isn't present in young children. 1 Balcony? OK, toddlers don't know what a balcony is and looking at the picture, which is cute and bright but abstract in design, won't help them at all with the concept. Some of the numbers are fine, 6 musicians, easy enough, 7 masks, great. But 8 love letters? It's just a drawing of eight letters all with small writing on them, not fun to look at, boring to count, and babies aren't interested in reading love letters. The worst is 9 roads and bridges. Combining two different things to count, drawn in a way that makes it difficult to tell that there are actually nine items, one road is broken into pieces that make it seem like ten, and the page is littered with other large pictures that are more fun to look at then roads or bridges, but aren't meant to be counted. The idea is cute, the pictures are pretty, but the whole book, and from what I can tell the others in the series as well, is poorly executed. By the time a child is old enough to figure out what it is they are counting, they should be able to count well past 10.
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