The yellow tiger cat Tuna explores her world with the same five senses shared by cats, dogs and children. A stroll through the garden opens Tuna's eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws to the sensations of sight, sound, smell, taste and the feel of a summer day. On the page that follows, the young reader can respond to such questions as, "What did Tuna feel?" by lifting the flap over her paws and reading, "Tuna felt soft grass." When all the flaps on a page have been opened wide, the face that appears is Tuna's, but with a different expression. There is more here to explore than first meets the eye. A companion book, My Dog Truffle, is available for those who prefer to read about dogs. 2001, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, $9.95. Ages 2 up. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
PreS-These lift-the-flap books about the five senses give young children an opportunity to find out what a cat and a dog hear, see, smell, taste, and feel in the house and in the garden. Three of the double-page spreads in each book feature a list of five questions opposite a colorful watercolor painting with flaps. Each sensory question lines up with one of the five horizontal flaps illustrated with the particular part of the body to which it refers. For example, "What did Tuna hear?" is opposite the flap depicting the ears of the cat. When the flap is lifted, readers learn that Tuna hears a robin; the rain; and later, inside the house, she hears herself purr. The books will be too difficult to manage for storytimes due to the multiple horizontal flaps, and possibly, for some small hands. However, the large illustrations, simple language, and sparse text make them appropriate for one-on-one sharing.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.