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I'm not a children's book reviewer but I do think that those books are judged differently than books written for adults. For instance, books aimed at young children are generally mostly pictorial with a bit of text. Little plot or few characters to analyse as I would do if reviewing an adult book. However, I do want to review Kevin Henkes's new book, "A Parade of Elephants", as it is one of the cutest books I've ever seen.
I've bought many books for my four grandchildren, who are all under the age of six. Most are good and the kids enjoy them, but "A Parade of Elephants", which I bought for my almost 3 year old granddaughter, is in a category of its own. The text is simple - a day, more or less, in the lives of five elephants - and the drawings of the four adults and one baby as they walk around, up and down, over and under. Kevin Henkes's drawings are heart-warming; I just wanted to reach out and hug them. My grandgal, who loves toy elephants, enjoyed the book and I hope it becomes one of her favorite book.
I purchased "Parade of Elephants" along with "Waiting" and "Egg" by Kevin Henkes for my eleven month old grand daughter. They're fast becoming her favorite books to read (with a little help from parents or grandparents.) I was having a hard time figuring out what gift to buy until I learned about "Parade of Elephants" from a recent review I read in the Wall Street Journal. The other two books were mentioned in the review so I bought them too. I'm glad I did!
I love all books written by Kevin Henkes. His illustrations are simple and amazing. I like the he uses few words, but speaks volumes for little ones. This would be the kind of book you would read before bed. Don't rush through the book, but talk about what they see, what they think will happen. Take your time. The story will not disappoint.
What a beautiful book. The pages are thick and colorful, and the illustrations are the type of masterful art that make it a joy to read a counting book over and over again. (Counting books are boring for adults!)
My standard for a great children’s book is that I can read it over and over with joy while my kids love it. This meets the mark!
Great for 2-5 year olds building number sense, this book has kids counting and pointing and noticing changes along the way.
And did I mention it’s just lovely? Would be a great pastel, springtime gift.
I was between three and four stars for this book. I love elephants and the depictions of them are lovely. The book was a little young for the four year old, the size and shape of the book were unwieldy for the two year old.