Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Flip, Flap, Fly!

One commonality among babies of all kinds and shapes is the compulsion to MOVE! Wiggling, squirming, kicking, creeping...well you get the idea. This snappy little book piggybacks, sorta kinda, on the iconic rhyme, Over in the Meadow: "'Swim!'" blurps the baby fish./Deep down dim./So the mama helps the baby fish/splish/splash/swim."

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will enjoy the guessing game prompted by the roly poly baby animals whimsically illustrated by David Walker. Phyllis Root has a deft hand with meter and rhyme, and she uses her jaunty verses to hint at what animal awaits at the turn of the page. In Flip Flap Fly!, the language is simple but action packed, encouraging family participation.

At a time in their cognitive development when children are learning to match specific attributes to the appropriate animal, this fun, bright book offers much in the way of visual reinforcement and vocabulary building. Check this charmer out for some entertaining lap times.


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