Animal signs are presented as interpretable facts.
William and Cammy explore a trail through wintry farmland, encountering nine signs of various mammals and birds. The central purpose of each scene is warmly captured by the author's beautiful illustrations, which do not stoop to photographic realism. As they learn the signs, your children will enjoy naming the animal that caused it before a turn of the page identifies the creature responsible. The ninth sign is self explanatory, and provides a heartwarming conclusion.
Little Critter learns how babies can add to family happiness, and acts accordingly.
Little Critter has plans to show his baby sister all his toys and games, but she is uninterested or frightened. At his Mom's suggestion he tries basic cuddling, rocking, tickling and baby toys. His sister responds and starts to have fun. ValuedMinds suggests parents will find this book useful for showing children how to interact with a new baby and to not expect too much of them.
Franklin's first-day fears of school are allayed when Mr.Owl praises his art skills.
Franklin is nervous about his first day of school. Other kids seem to understand reading and numbers, but he doesn't. Mr. Owl makes Franklin comfortable by noticing his coloring, and helps him with reading. By day's end Franklin has worked with building blocks, the classroom store and made several paintings he wants to show his parents. Franklin Goes to School offers a useful look at Franklin's first day at kindergarten, showing children what they can expect.
Several dinosaurs are listed, in un-inspiring rhyme and illustration.
This great idea for a book is handicapped by poor execution. The examples of dinosaurs are well chosen, and the essential descriptions are appropriate and more informative than the Berenstain's After the Dinosaurs (on early Mammals). Unfortunately the rhythm of the rhymes is irregular and broken –hard to manage even for an adult. The cartoonish illustrations are uninspiring.
The cubs learn that a visit to the doctor is useful, not frightening.
Brother and Sister Bear are worried about going for a check up at the doctor's office. They aren't sick, but fear something might hurt. Before giving them their booster shots the doctor wisely points out that it hurts "Not nearly as much as biting your tongue or bumping your shin". They realize the doctor's poking and exploring is not so bad. This is a useful story for developing a child's judgment.
The authors rhyme about the earliest of mammal-like creatures, including the Equus lineage (horses).
Using rhyme ,After The Dinosaurs presents examples of the most primitive mammals, including the classic evolutionary development of the horse. The quatrains are easy to see, but the rhythm is inconsistent and can be hard to manage even for an adult. The illustrations are merely acceptable, being overly cartoonish. This good idea for a book is undone by poor execution.