Board Book Review: Farm Train

Farm Train by Susanna  Covelli

Farm Train
by Susanna Covelli 
5 out of 5 stars

This board book folds out to be 56″ long! The reader learns the sounds for each animal on the train. There are sheep, bees, horses, cats, frogs, bunnies, and mice, and a bunch more! And of course, the farmer’s tractor pulls the train along and “goes vroom vroom.”

This is such a cute book! I just love the adorable illustrations and sweet animal characters. It’s colorful and full of interesting little details in the background of each scene.

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Board Book Review: Where, Oh Where, Is Barnaby Bear?

Where, Oh Where, Is Barnaby Bear? by Wendy Rouillard

Where, Oh Where, Is Barnaby Bear?
by Wendy Rouillard
5 out of 5 stars

We search for Barnaby Bear everywhere. We look at the beach, in the forest, in the ocean, and even in outerspace. He could be sailing, or having tea, or flying in a plane. We finally find Barnaby fast asleep in bed at the end of the day.

This board book is so cute! Barnaby is such an adventurer, and I love all the wild and crazy things he “could” be doing. He might be sailing on the back of a whale, or in a rocket ship to the moon!

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Board Book Reviews: Daddy Loves You, and Mommy Loves You

Daddy Loves You by Danielle McLean

Daddy Loves You
by Danielle McLeanZoe Waring (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Daddy Lion loves the baby lion. Daddy Zebra loves baby zebra. Daddy Hippo loves baby hippo. All these daddies play with their babies, give them hugs and kisses, and read stories with them. Each family of animals has their bedtime routine of singing lullabies, taking a bath, and a snuggling into bed.

Mommy Loves You by Danielle McLean

Mommy Loves You
by Danielle McLeanZoe Waring (Illustrations)

Mommy Bear loves baby bear. Mommy Panda loves baby panda. Mommy Elephant loves baby elephant. All these mommies play with their babies, give them hugs, and snuggle them close. The animals families giggle together and sing together in the sweetest way!

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Board Book Review: Your Nose! and Perfect Piggies!

Your Nose! by Sandra Boynton

Your Nose!
by Sandra Boynton
5 out of 5 stars
A fox parent sings a song to their little fox cub all about their cute nose. Apparently this nose is the best nose to ever exist! It must be extraordinary and lovable with a magic all its own, because it makes the fox parent so happy to see that little fox cub nose. I loved this cute book! The illustrations are adorable, and each animal character boops their noses together in the sweetest way.

Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton

Perfect Piggies!
by Sandra Boynton
5 out of 5 stars
A passel of pigs sing a song about how amazing pigs are, because of their delightful ears, curly tails, their snouts, and their general pink plumpness. Other animals may be smarter or more stylish, but these pigs are fabulous and chubby and they have mega-watt smiles. Those pigs are just so cute and cuddly! The illustrations are very sweet and silly, and I love the simple cartoon art style. Every page is so bright and colorful that it is sure to attract the attention of young readers.

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Board Book Reviews: Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta? and Mi Pastel?

Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta? by Canizales

Quien Se Comio Mi Fruta?
by Canizales (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars
Little Cat has four pieces of fruit to eat, but one by one his fruit is all gone! He is so hungry. He has to find out who is eating all his fruit. It looks like the seal ate his pear. The fox ate his strawberry, and the rabbit ate the pineapple. What about the last fruit? What will be left for Little Cat?

El pequeño Gato tiene cuatro piezas de fruta para comer, ¡pero una por una su fruta se ha ido! Tiene tanta hambre. Tiene que averiguar quién comio toda su fruta. Parece que la foca se comió su pera. El zorro se comió su fresa, y el conejo se comió la piña. ¿Qué pasa con la última fruta? ¿Qué le quedará al Gato?

Quien Se Comio Mi Pastel? by Canizales

Quien Se Comio Mi Pastel?
by Canizales (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars
Little Cat is so hungry. He has four desserts to eat, a piece of pie, a cupcake, a donut, and chocolate cake. But one by one his desserts are eaten by other animals. Little Cat has to discover who is eating his treats!

Pequeno Gato tiene mucha hambre. Tiene cuatro postres para comer, un pastel de arandranos, una magdalena, una dona, y un pastel de chocolate. Pero uno a uno sus postres son comidos por otros animales. ¡Gatito tiene que descubrir quién está comiendo sus pasteles!

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Baby Board Book: Five Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks by Ailie Busby
Five Little Ducks: First Book of Nursery Games
by Ailie Busby (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars
This board book is so adorable! It’s full of sweet rhymes from childhood like “This Little Piggy”, “Hickory Dickory Dock”, and “Polly Put the Kettle On”, but also has new rhymes included. The rhymes all have hand motions or other activities that can be done along with the rhymes. This can help young toddlers to learn to hold up a certain number of fingers as we count down from five, or to move their arms or legs as the rhyme instructs. It’s so cute!

These rhymes go way beyond the simple “Peek-a-boo” style that I always found so boring. These are really interesting and fun! There are ducks, dinosaurs, trains, bunnies, and lions. There is roaring, tickling, hopping, clapping, and flying fingers.

I really appreciated that the bright illustrations show all kinds of children; young babies, older toddlers, disabled children in wheelchairs, children with glasses, African, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic children. Plus every kid is so cute! I love the art style in this book. Continue reading

Board Book Review: Danza Del Corral, El Libro del Ombligo, Cachorro Carinoso

¡Danza del corral! / Barnyard Dance! Spanish Edition by Sandra Boynton
Cachorro cariñoso / Snuggle Puppy! Spanish Edition by Sandra Boynton¡El libro del ombligo! / The Belly Button Book! Spanish Edition by Sandra Boynton
These sweet board books by Sandra Boynton are in Spanish, but are also available in English. Or vice versa.
I can’t stop laughing! These books are so hilarious! I love the cute illustrations and the bright colors in the art.
¡No puedo dejar de reír! ¡Estos libros son tan graciosos! Amo las ilustraciones adorables y los colores brillantes en el arte.

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Board Book Review: Animal Antics, and Rest and Relax

Animal Antics by Whitney StewartRest & Relax by Whitney Stewart
Animal Antics: Focus and Fun for Little Ones (Mindful Tots)
by Whitney Stewart (Goodreads Author), Rocío Alejandro (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

In Animal Antics, the reader pretends to be an elephant swinging their trunk, then a frog hopping to a lily pad, then a cat stretching and meowing. Finally, the reader sits cross-legged with folded hands to be themselves and have a quiet moment of focus.
In Rest and Relax, the reader is guided through a body awareness exercise, squeezing and tightening their legs and arms, and then releasing and relaxing. Beginning from the toes and feet and ending with the shoulders and neck, this book teaches mindfulness in a relatable and age-appropriate way for toddlers. At the end, the reader is prepared to rest and sleep.

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