Baby Board Books: Batch Reviews

Baby's First Farm by Danielle McLean

Baby’s First Farm
by Danielle McLeanCraig Shuttlewood (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

As we visit the farm, we can lift the flaps to discover what animals are hiding in the sheds. The sheep with her little lambs, the hen with her chicks, and the cow with her calves all greet us with animal sounds. At the end there is a large fold-out of all the animals together in the barn.

I love this cute book! My little niece is just learning all the farm animals, so I’m very excited to share this book with her.

The illustrations of the animals are all so cute! Every page is bright and fun, and there are little details in the background that make this book special. The farmer is a lady with overalls and an adorable straw hat.

The cover says “sturdy flaps”, and that really is true. The pages and flaps are very thick and sturdy to withstand the destruction of little hands. The placement of the flaps is really clever and it’s so much fun to explore the farm in this way.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Calm Bunny by Tessa Strickland

Calm Bunny (Yoga Tots)
by Tessa StricklandEstelí Meza (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

Children in the illustrations follow the movements of a little bunny and a snake to do calming yoga poses. They reach and stretch and slowly breathing in and out.

The illustrations are really cute with bright colors! I wish that the illustrations were a little more definite to show the yoga poses more clearly. It’s not always obvious what movements you are supposed to make. The text does a good job of explaining the poses, but it would be easier if the artwork was clearer.

I really appreciated that the children in the illustrations are diverse and from many races. They have glasses, different hairstyles, and one little girl has some sort of medical respirator.

I did not like that after only 6 pages the focus of the book changed from the bunny to a snake. I am afraid of snakes, so that did NOT make me calm. I understand that the yoga poses they were doing would match the movements of a slithery snake, but there are many people who are afraid of snakes. Doesn’t seem like a good choice for a book that is supposed to calm the reader. And there is no indication on the cover or description that alerts you that there are snakes in the book before you purchase it. If you don’t mind snakes, then I guess it wouldn’t matter though.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

You and Me by Nicola Edwards

You and Me
by Nicola EdwardsSebastien Braun (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

A bear and their little cub play in the forest, as the parent bear tells the little bear how much they love and cherish their little baby. They go swimming, and they discover a bee’s nest. They play games, and hug, and watch the moon at the end of the day.

The cuteness!!! I’m dying. This book is so sweet!! The text almost made me cry, it was so sweet and loving.

The soft illustrations are absolutely beautiful. The colors are attractive and calming, and I love the delicate art style. Each woodland scene has little details in the background that make this book really special.

The sliders are so clever and cool! Even as an adult, I enjoyed sliding the things back and forth to reveal more of the picture, or to make the little bear bounce up and down. And there are two lift-the-flaps, one of which makes the parent bear’s arm wrap around baby bear for a hug. Aw, so adorable!

I can’t even stand how much I love this book! It gives me warm fuzzy feelings in my heart!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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