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Who's in the Forest? Board book – September 1, 2010

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PreS-K-Simple rhymes tell listeners that the deep and dark forest is home to bears, foxes, squirrels, and all types of birds. The collage illustrations are colorful and childlike, and every other page has a cutout circle that highlights a particular animal. "Who's in the forest, dark and deep?/Bear cubs tumbling in a heap, heap, heap./Who's in the forest, dark and deep?/Owls in the tree trunks, fast asleep." Toddlers, especially, will love the rhyming couplets and enjoy finding the creatures revealed with each page turn of this large-format board book.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A brightly collaged forest presents itself for young explorers in a question-and-answer format enhanced by die-cut peepholes and repeated onomatopoeia. Who's in the forest, dark and deep? There's a lot to look at. In the opening spread, readers will see owls, woodpeckers, a deer, a porcupine, a beaver, a rabbit, a raccoon and, framed in the peephole, a cardinal. Turn the page, and readers will find out what else. Birds in the treetops cheep, cheep, cheep. Squirrels, foxes, bear cubs and owls fast asleep appear through the peephole, but the novelty of the page turn is blunted by the crowd that populates each spread. That said, it's a friendly, beckoning crowd, and there's lots for parents and readers to exclaim over and point out, even if the gimmick is a bit of a bust. All in all, a pleasant outing. --Kirkus Review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846864763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846864766
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this for my daughter after enjoying Who's In The Farmyard by the same authors. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous and original, and the dialog is fairly cute, offering some scope for making animal sounds as the book introduces animals like bears, squirrels and owls.

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.
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I have a 9-month old, and he is fascinated by this book. There is so much to look at in the texture of this book, but somehow it isn't too busy. The animal representations are fun with just enough detail. One of my favorite things about the book is that there is always something more to see if one looks closely enough. There is just so much fantastic detail! Yet, my 9-month-old isn't overwhelmed by it. This is a fantastic book for little ones and I enjoy it too!
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I purchased this book because I liked the idea of having an opening in the page that showed the animal on the next page thus the child would have to name the animal before getting the answer. This would enforce the learning of animal names plus the pages. Given all the positive reviews, I thought this would be the best forest book with peek-a-boo openings to purchase.

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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I ordered this on Amazon after first discovering it at the library. I don't know who likes it more, my 8 month old daughter or me! The text is simple and melodic and the illustrations are so fun and cute. Like another reviewer noted, there are so many things going on in the illustrations, but somehow it isn't overwhelming. There's just something about this book and the illustrations that make it very enjoyable to read. My daughter follows along more than she does with other books, and because it's so melodic, she knows exactly when to turn the pages (bonus: the pages are very easy to turn).
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My youngest son and daughter really enjoy this book. It's a board book which I prefer so little hands don't tear. The colors are vibrant and they love the illustrations. They love to make animal sounds as we read along. There are circular "peek-a-boo" cutouts throughout the book that they also really enjoy. This is one of their favorites!
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This book was our son's FIRST favorite book. He loved it so much that if he got upset driving in the car, I could start reciting it and he would immediately perk up. The pictures are adorable, the rhyme/story rolls off the tongue and is very sweet. He still chooses this book daily at story time. Get this book!
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This is the cutest book ever! My son LOVES this book! He loves saying the animals names when we are reading it. It holds up very well to his rough playing and spilling apple juice on it. The colors are very vibrant!
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We really like this book. The illustrations are cute - there is so much small detail on each page. There is a peek-a-boo page that gives you a hint of who's in the forest. Lots of great animals and sweet rhymes. This is our go-to gift when friends and family have a baby. Highly recommend.
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