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4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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George (Little Dog Poems) and Smith (Beach Day) present an endearing homage to the pleasures of books. When the toddler narrator opens a present and discovers a volume entitled Bunnies, he and the book immediately become inseparable except for a brief moment when he observes its ingenious design: "I like the way you close./ I can put you on my shelf." The book can also be donned as a hat, loses no appeal when turned upside down and can be appreciated by a wide range of audiences from the pet cat to an infant sibling ("I'll show you to the baby"). George needs only a few words on each spread to convey the boy's unadulterated happiness ("I'll give you a hug, Book!"). Smith's pared-down, full-bleed acrylics with warm, subtly variegated backgrounds play up the hero's tiny but expressive eyes as well as the ongoing presence of the cat and a checkered stuffed elephant. Smith makes it clear that, while Book represents an exciting new chapter in the boy's life, his gift also fits neatly into his cozy world. Ages 2-4.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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reS-In this celebratory title, a child receives his first book. From the magical moment he unwraps the gift until he nods off in bed, the cheerful toddler explores all the joys and the practical applications that his new treasure has to offer. Smith's deeply colored, playful acrylics depict the youngster through the day as he puts the book onto the shelf upside down, reads it to his cat, and uses it as a ticket to mom's lap for cozy storytime. Rounded, stiff paper pages ensure that this title will withstand repeated readings. The fact that it offers a pleasurable introduction to books is an added benefit.

Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395982871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395982877
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We are a home of book lovers. When my first child was born she had books waiting for her, and I wish this had been one of them.

I really like the pro-book stance this author takes. And the delight that the boy has in his *own* book is obvious from the illustrations.

He takes it everywhere with him. Has fun 'reading' it on his own, putting in the shelf all by himself. He even reads it to his cat and shows it to his baby sister/brother.

Four Stars. A sturdy little book that shows book ownership in a positive light. Good addition to a baby or toddlers library.
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By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Kristine O'Connell George does a beautiful job sharing the joy of a first book with readers young and old. The illustrations are colorful! Really a joy to read. I recently checked it out from the library to share with my 11 month old and she will be receiving her own copy for her first birthday. It is perfect for toddlers because of its stiff and easy to turn pages and rounded corners. Enjoy!
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By TLM on February 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter got this for her first birthday and still loves this book nearly 4 months later. The colors are bright, the illustrations engaging, and the lesson that books are fun is a good one. I really think she learned what "upside down" means from this book (the little boy talks about reading the book upside down), and the part where he puts it on his head "like a hat" is one of her favorite parts that she always likes to act out. You and your little one won't be disapointed.
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By teejayzee on January 31, 2010
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Although this boardbook had many pages to it, the pictures were not varied enough to be very interesting. Basically, this little boy carries a book around with him for the entire day. Each page show him doing something different with the book against a gradient colored background. And, there is a cat that comes and goes through the story. Not much more to say.
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