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Who's in the Forest? Board book – September 1, 2010
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However, while this is a beautiful book and I doubt most would be disappointed, it's not as good, in my opinion, as In The Farmyard for a toddler. The tagline in In The Farmyard is something like "When the kind of the farmyard starts to crow" offering the chance to delight my daughter by crowing like a rooster every other page. In this book, it's "Who's in the forest, dark and deep?" or something like that - not nearly as fun. In the Farmyard is also specifically about farm animal sounds, whereas this book is more generally about animals. Basically, my daughter enjoys it more when we read In The Farmyard. If you're only getting one, I'd start with In The Farmyard. I think the illustrations are equally beautiful and original, but the text is just not as fun in In The Forest for a toddler.
At first, i felt the book could have been better art-wise. The bears were a little odd, lacking detail, and didn't look quite right especially next to the other animals that were far more defined (for example see the cover). I also felt the darker color palate made the book not as visually appealing compared to the other books in the series and therefore had a heavy tone/mood to it. On the positive side of things, these pages are the least busy of all the books in the series so it was much easier to focus on the main animals. Plus a number of animals were included in the images (in addition to the ones in the window openings) which greatly increased the number of animals that could be named as well like badgers, deer, raccoons, beaver, rabbits, bees, hedgehog, bat, moth, snail, fireflies, and bird types.
Over time however, this book became our favorite in the series because of the more subtle colors and less distracted pages. My son at age 10 months suddenly loved this book and wanted to read it all the time. He is very intrigued with the holes and the animals. I think the large was fascinated to him as well since most of his books are far smaller. Over time I memorized the entire book and started pointing out animals and saying their names instead of just turning pages.
So in the end, we may not have liked exactly the art chosen for the bears, but the book ended up being a real keeper!
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Lovely pictures with a nice shiny sheen, and a simple story that introduces young ones to forest critters.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer