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What James Likes Best Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top Customer Reviews
A quiet collection of toddler vignettes, the book examines several activites that small James partakes in, and then asks the readers' opinion as to which of those activities James liked the most. For example, in one such story James visits his Aunt and Grandma. He plays with a purple car, eats cheese from a tiny fork, and goes for a ride in a taxi. So which of these does James like best (or was it Auntie's hair that caught his little heart)? The words in this story are very simple and very straightforward. They feel perfectly composed and ideally written so as to convey the plot of this little book. The illustrations are also rather simple, but they go above and beyond James' storyline. Many of these pictures show James having fun, while in the background the grown-ups are given a chance to mix and intermingle with one another. I enjoyed watching the father of James squeeze himself into a tiny zoo train car or patiently carry home a potroast from a visit with the relatives.
Books that speak to children clearly and effectively and yet can be read multiple times by adults are worthwhile reading. Should you so feel inclined, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of "What James Likes Best" for your own perusal. A fine flavorful tale.