Feast your eyes on the latest split-page board books from Eric Carle. In the sumptuous My Very First Book of Food, children can match each animal with the food it eats. Do you know what a squirrel eats? How about a seal? In My Very First Book of Motion, children can match each animal with the way it moves. Which animal hops? Which one waddles? Only you can match them. These fun books are full of bright animals, and are lots of fun for young children.
This attractive board book with its split pages asks readers to match food with the appropriate animal that might eat it. The task is challenging because cows, horses, and even elephants eat grass, and bears would not be expected to eat honey from a jar. They also eat fish just like the seals do. As a board book for the age group that would normally be reading them, the material is too sophisticated. It would even be a challenge for an adult. The book may have a place in a special needs program for kids whose cognitive skills are beyond that of a normal board book reader but who need a smaller sturdy format book. Also when one thinks of first foodsthe tendency is to think of food that humans would be eating, not animals. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot