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Posted July 9, 2010
Indestructible Format; Illustration Miss
My 6 month old was teething and eating her way through every board book she owned. This 'Indestructible' series is made out of the light-weight tear-proof envelope material of some mailers. The series as a whole is very, very good. You can bend the pages, but they won't rip. The book can be submersed in water, too. So, it is good for babies who like to teethe. But, this particular 'plip plop pond' book is an editorial 'miss'.
There are 11 illustrations in each of the series. They are reminiscent of the Carle-style -- vivid color cut outs reassembled into animals and environments.
This book should be called 'Frog's Day at the water' Two of the illustrations are almost identical renderings of a smiling frog surrounded by lily-pads and dragon flies. Every single picture has the same smiling frog. There are a couple pictures of water fowl. But the only fish picture is on the cover. There are no pond insects.
The editor must have just 'liked' smiling frogs -- which would be okay, but I bought this book to teach my daughter the names of animals around the pond.
Compared to the other books in this series, 'Plip Plop Pond' is rather boring with a very, very limited range of creatures to talk to the baby about.
Get the other books in the series; skip this one.
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