Saturday, November 23, 2019

Review - Christmas in 100 Words

Christmas in 100 Words
illustrated by Sophie Beer
Date: 2019
Publisher: words & pictures
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Tree, star, snowflake, elf, chimney, cookies, merry … introduce your little ones to words of the festive season with cute characters, bright colors, and playful scenes.

From decorating the tree to Christmas dinner and candy cane to sleigh, this charming book introduces a range of different holiday scenes and objects. Along with the seasonal items, each scene contains one feeling word and one action word to spot, such as cheerful and ice skating—color-coded circles point them out. With a glitter-accented cover that adds visual and tactile interest, this fun book inspires a deeper knowledge of the world, introduces language skills, and supports emotional intelligence.

An original, contemporary take on teaching first words, the My World in 100 Words series of board books helps children ages 1–3 boost vocabulary, engage with the world around them, and become familiar with specific subjects. With bright, playful illustrations from Sophie Beer, each book explores a different theme, including starting kindergarten, the garden, and the seaside. With 10 words per page and variation between full scenes and visual lists, there’s plenty for children to look at and enjoy.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

The synopsis tells you more than you'll ever need to know about this short book of words. It's okay for very young children, I guess, but I found the illustrations a bit boring and I'm in no hurry to look at the book again. Setting off the action and emotion words is a nice touch, although I don't know if children from 1 to 3 are really ready to grasp the concept of verbs and mental states. My favourite page was probably the one showing Christmas foods from around the world; it might have been nice to see more regional variation in the rest of the book.

This was just okay. Decent, but nothing special.

Thank you to NetGalley and words & pictures for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: n/a
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.4 out of 5

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