Saturday, July 18, 2015

BabyLit books: The Secret Garden & Don Quixote

This BabyLit version of The Secret Garden doesn't tell the story of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. But it is a beautifully illustrated board book that looks sturdy enough to survive the sort of wear and tear that comes from being a child's favorite book. There are colorful and stylized drawings of flowers that seem to be in the order that they bloom. There's the crocus, a lovely snowdrop and butterfly, a daffodil with a snail, a columbine, a snapdragon, poppy, lily, iris, canterbury bells, and a rose. I'm looking forward to sharing this with my niece and nephew.  Although, I'm tempted to keep a copy for myself.

  • ISBN-10: 1423638751 - Board Book $9.99
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Brdbk Blg edition (April 1, 2015), 22 pages.
    Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

This BabyLit version of Don Quixote doesn't tell the story of Cervantes' Don Quixote. It's a board book for toddlers that is written in English and Spanish with beautiful, captivating illustrations that draw the eye and teach vocabulary.

The main words are: man/el hombre, books/los libros, armor/la armadura, horse/el caballos, lady/la dama (Dulcinea), windmills/los molinos de viento, friend/el amigo (Sancho Panza), castle/el castillo, goat/la cabra, and bed/la cama.

Through the pictures, the book conveys the main characters from Don Quixote. It's a beautifully made board book for toddlers written in both Spanish and English.

About the Author & Illustrator:
Jennifer Adams is the author of more than two dozen books, including the board books in the bestselling BabyLit series, which introduce small children to the world of classic literature..

Alison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Alison’s portfolio reflects her love of drawing, pattern and color and includes everything from illustration to logos and packaging design. She lives in New York City.

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