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Little America


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State birds, flowers, trees, and animals brought to board book form for the youngest book lovers. Toddlers will delight in this book filled with rhyming riddles, framed by brightly painted clues, that introduce elements that make each state so special.
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
There are ten riddles—one on each spread featuring something special about America. The opening one is a bright display of colors against a dark sky and the riddle asks what could be happening on the Fourth of July. Fireworks is the answer little ones will find when they turn the page. In addition to the text there are plenty of clues in the artwork. The statue of Liberty is partially shown as is the bald eagle in the next two riddles. The ones following are more complex and caregivers may need to explain about baseball games and apple pie. The White House may be more recognizable than the Grand Canyon and it seems like readers come full circle with more fireworks and a display of something with stars and stripes that are red, white, and blue. It is, of course, our American Flag. An introduction to American symbols and a request to explore and learn more closes this board book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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It's unlikely little ones will garner much appreciation for the U.S. of A. from these trivial riddles. Rhymes cover a gamut of iconic (and not-so-iconic) images associated with the United States of America. The design is developmentally unfortunate for the audience, with a riddle on the right-hand page of each spread. Each page turn reveals the answer and begins the set-up for the next example, creating a disconnect between riddle and image. Although visual clues indicate a riddle's answer--an eagle's wings appear around the box of text that contains the verse, for instance--it doesn't work for a board-book audience. Clichés abound (apple pie, cowboy), while a tour of landmarks provides only a superficial overview. Phony enthusiasm is the order of the day. "Its pretty flowers / smell so sweet / this thorny flower / can't be beat." (And since when has the rose been a symbol of the United States?) The necessary superficiality results in an experience almost devoid of meaning; the focus on the White House, for example, skips any mention of the country's Commander in Chief. "In Washington, D.C. / you're sure to see / this special house / and a cherry tree!" More a sure-fire flop than a patriotic primer. (Board book. 3-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361793
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Series: Little Country
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 827,401
  • Age range: Up to 3 years

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