Saturday, July 14, 2012
Elefante by Vanita Oelschlager illustrated by Kristin Blackwood
I was drawn to this board book because of bright orange elephant on the front. It's certainly eye-catching, and I can see how kids would be drawn to it, too. The story almost seems like it's aimed at older kids (with the multiple ideas of forgetting), but even if they can't follow the subtleties of the story the illustrations will keep kids interested in the book. On the back cover there's a note that all of the artwork in the book was created out of recycled and repurposed material, including a bubble wrap, a sponge, and a band-aid. This had me immediately flipping over and reading through the book again. In addition to starting a conversation with kids about forgetting, it could easily also spark the creativity of artistic types who are eager to create pictures out of things you have around the house.
See more at Vanita Oelschlager's website.
I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of VanitaBooks.
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Read it with:
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu
The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na