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Through a wash of watercolor illustrations that brim with character, Jane Dyer introduces the youngest of readers to poems, rhymes, and lullabies. Based on her dazzling Animal Crackers anthology, this beautiful box set features board book editions of her oft-praised books, Animal Crackers: Nursery Rhymes and Animal Crackers: Bedtime, plus a new collection, Animal Crackers: Animal Friends.
Dyer hits the mark as she presents nursery rhymes for little ones, using short verse and exquisite paintings of these unforgettable classics. "Little Bo-Peep," "Pat-a-Cake," and "Hey, Diddle Diddle" are all included in this superior blend.
In Bedtime, we are treated to a variety of rhymes and lullabies from around the world, from "Wee Willie Winkie" to Tennyson's "Sweet and Low." Dyer manages to tie them all together, from modern poetry to the traditional, with her gorgeous illustrations.
In the latest collection, Animal Friends, Dyer celebrates rhymes and poems of the animal kingdom. From "Cock-a-Doodle-Doo" to the Brazilian lullaby "Cradle Song of the Elephants," babies will get their first look at animals -- perhaps even a napping cow in the sky and seven blackbirds in a tree.
This delightful set comes encased in a sturdy cardboard box that includes a pale-blue ribbon handle, perfect for carrying. Babies will of course love the board book format. For while they are drooling over the cover and smiling at the gorgeous pages, we are sure they are all becoming potential petite poets. (Amy Barkat)