April 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

mommy-where-are-youMommy, Where Are You? uses very clever page design to describe  a young mouse’s search for his mother. For example, on one page he sees a grey patch through the slates of a fence, and thinks it’s his mother. When the reader turns the page with the fence (an actual cut-out fence with a hole in it), it reveals “only some silvery fountain grass.” This pattern, where the mouse sees an element that resembles his mother, only to find a different object, is repeated until he finally finds her. The format is similar to a lift-the-flap book, but the flaps are more organically integrated into the illustrations. This design also seems like it would withstand wear-and-tear better than a lift-the-flap book, but it is still advisable to buy a reference copy as well as a circulating copy.

JP- Recommended for children ages 2-5.18pp.

Aili Whelan- Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers.


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