I am excited today to share these two new titles. I shared both of these with Benny, age four, and he was delighted by both.
There’s magic in this tiny seed.
Press it down
and count to three.
From there the listener is wiggle his fingers to water the seed, rub the sun to make it hotter, tap the cloud to wish for rain, and a giggle-inducing string of other actions that make this book a hit. At the end of the book we have a nice bouquet of zinnias that have been nurtured to life by the listener and have been visited by bees and hummingbirds (as well as a hungry snail). Matheson’s collage artwork is simple and bright. The art plus her generous use of white space makes this book perfect for little eyes. My only qualm about this book (if it can be called that) is how quickly it will get dirty and worn, given the page-by-page invitation to interaction. This would make a great large board book! I suspect that such an edition is coming, given that her previous two books Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star are available in that format. Matheson is now on my radar! Highly Recommended. (Greenwillow, 2017)
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward is another book for the preschool crowd that invites interaction, this time by way of asking the titular question after each rhyming couplet description:
What will grow?
Susie Ghahremani‘s saturated illustratons (gouache on wood: lovely!) provide the answer, so it’s a good exercise in developing the nature-related vocabulary of the young listener. (I was surprised, for example, to realize that Benny couldn’t identify the answer to the above clue: acorns!) The first several pages also have the answer in words right on the facing page, but after that there is the added element of mystery with a page-sized flap to lift to discover the answer. This book also makes a nice addition to a preschool nature library. Highly Recommended. (Bloomsbury, 2017)