Here are some new Little Tiger board book treats for toddlers:
Little Bear’s Picnic
Sebastien Braun and Kathryn Smith
Picnics are the best fun if you collect some of the components on the way and that’s what happens in the second in the Cook With Me! lift-the-flap series.
Little Bear’s pretend play gives Big Bear an idea. The adult bear puts some items into a basket and off they go through the vegetable garden, pausing there to harvest some delicious veggies for the picnic.
By the stream Little Bear asks about another green plant and learns that it’s watercress – another tasty item to add to the basket.
The buzzy bees in the woods lead them to discover a honeycomb in the trees and then it’s time to settle down to a lunch.
Suddenly down comes a shower of rain so they gather up their things and dash for cover. Soon, sheltered beneath the canopy of a large tree the two bears watch as a rainbow appears in the sky and they tuck into their yummy ‘Rainbow Wraps Picnic’.
There’s a recipe for these beneath the final flap inside the back cover of the book.
Seb. Braun’s attention to detail is as always superb, so there’s plenty to get involved with including flaps to explore and a question to respond to on every spread such as ‘Can you help Little Bear pick some watercress?’
Toddlers will enjoy the playful picnic game and have fun guessing what the book contains as well as trying out its recipe.
Peek-through: Around Town
Peek-through: Jobs We Do
Jonny Marx and Zoe Waring
Dusty the dog is a bit of a snooper so tired of being cooped up inside (familiar?) off he goes to explore what the town has to offer. Starting with the café, he visits the bookshop – hurray!,
the clothing store, the music shop, the sweet shop, the greengrocer and at the end of the day, meets up with a friend in the restaurant.
Roxy Rat also likes exploring and meeting others. Her perambulations take her to the police station, the fire station, a restaurant kitchen, a clothes shop, a garage, the bank and the hospital. That’s her final destination for we discover on the final spread that Roxy is a nurse whose turn it is on the night shift.
Both titles have a question on each recto above which is a peek-through flap to open and find the answer.
There’s a wealth of vocabulary development potential if toddlers share these chunky board books with an adult or older sibling.