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Picture My Day

Picture My Day

Spring 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Cynthia Lacroix
Author: Severine Cordier
ISBN: 978-1-926973-30-2
Hardcover Price: $18.95

In this reviewer's opinion, the most effective board books for toddlers rely more on images than text. I still have a book from when I was young that walks the "reader" through a house with brightly colored rooms full of appropriate objects and a simple room name printed at the bottom of each page. This kind of book is an interactive experience; child and parent bond through observation and identification rather than a struggle to read the words on the page. When children look at the books alone they should be greeted with a page full of pictures, not words and type they do not understand.

Picture My Day by Severine Cordier and Cynthia Lacroix fits this model well. Although it is more pages then any small child could take in at any given time, it tells one simple story after another in the life of one family home in a way that can be taken in and revisited over time. The book resembles a family photo album where each child goes through various daily activities like bed time, cleaning, going outside, and more. The book addresses multiple simple subjects from household routines to ways of playing to seasons. Through sweet and simple illustrations, we see the children experience each subject or action in their own way. It is an enjoyable and sometimes humorous examination of simple routines that kids can identify and enjoy calling out and pointing out to their parents.

The book is larger and heavier than most books of its genre, and some small children may have trouble holding the book up on their own. That said, the paper quality, illustrations and full bleed printing are beautifully done. As the household transitions through the seasons, the background colors and palette change accordingly. Picture My Day is recommended for parents of toddlers and even very early readers who may enjoy practicing the simple words by reading the passages to a younger sibling.

Ryan Patterson   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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