A batch of spring books use a variety of interactive methods to teach various concepts and ideas. In bold blocks of color and geometric shapes, Hui-Mei Pan illustrates a pair of hand-size books with a pull-tab format. What's in Grandma's Grocery Bag? focuses on color and foods. A line of text offers a clue ("I see something purple. What is it?"), a pull of the tab on the opposite page allows readers to extract the fruit from a paper bag (grapes). Piggy in My Pocket invites readers to examine the pockets of a child's friends and family in search of a lost piggy. A ladybug lurks in Mommy's apron; a snake slithers from Justin's pocket (unfortunately, the text here offers no clues as to the identity of the creatures that will emerge from the pockets). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
This small 5 by 6 inch pull-the-tab book features seven double page spreads with what appears to be a large brown grocery bag with a serrated top two thirds up from the bottom on the right side pages. A sturdy pull tab emerges from the top of each "bag" which, when pulled, reveals the answer to the question asked on the left page. For instance, "I see something red. What is it?" Pull up the tab and an apple rises that says, "apple." The sturdy little book is wisely designed so the tab and apple cannot be pulled out entirely. Nor can any of the other tabs be pulled out. Words and art are simple and cheerful. It may lead to a little one recognizing, i.e. reading, the words apple, carrots, banana, blueberries, grapes, lettuce and strawberry. 2004, Star Bright Books, Ages 2 to 5.