Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book by Joy N. Hulme, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Sterling (February 2010); ISBN 9781402763526; 24 pages (Review copy provided by publisher)
Everything looks fresh and new in this springtime counting book full of cheerful, sweet baby animals on the farm. From a baby foal to kittens, bunnies and ducklings -- all the animals along with a few children take the time to enjoy spring. There's even an Easter egg hunt! Unusual for a toddler book, the author uses lesser known terms for some of the animals like kids, nestlings, and hens in her rhyming verses. The brightly colored illustrations by Dan Andreasen show the beautiful scenery in a rural area and on a few pages the city and churches are shown in the distance. Children can count along all the way up to the number twelve, as everyone celebrates a joyous Easter morning and new life. "In churches all around the town 12 Easter bells are ringing ... "
I'm always pleased by the quality of Sterling children's picture books. They use high quality materials, and it is evident that much thought and planning goes into each and every one of their books. I was pleasantly surprised that Easter Babies has an ever so slight religious tone, with the church bells ringing at the end. This is a perfect title to share with your favorite toddler or preschooler during the Easter holiday.
Joy N. Hulme - Author Website
Easter Animals Cutting Practice Page [pdf] - www.activityvillage.co.uk
For our stART (story + art) project this week, we made a Barnyard Sticker Page Craft, using the same animals found in the Easter Babies book. As we read the book together, my toddler identified then placed each animal on the page, starting with the foal. When he was finished placing the stickers, we counted the animals on his page, and he drew in grass and clouds.
(We own a lot of stickers, but I thought for sure we'd have a hard time finding a goat sticker. Turns out it was the kitten sticker that gave us trouble...my daughter had previously used all our cat stickers up, all except for one black Halloween cat! Wonder what her favorite animal is?)
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