Monday, December 22

Adventures with Barefoot Critters

Adventures with Barefoot Critters
Written and illustrated by Teagan White

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-1770496248
Publisher: Tundra Books
Date of publication: June 24, 2014
Age: 3 - 7 years
Genre: Educational

Themes: seasons, alphabet, forest creatures, seasonal activities

With each month of the year, and as the seasons change, there are new adventures to be had. Whether jumping in the lake, flying kites, dancing, or raking leaves, the critters are sure to have fun. The activities also follow the alphabet, for extra learning. Join these adorable critters on an adventure!

I'll just say now: it was the illustrations that grabbed me. The entire book is filled with adorable, folklore-ish depictions of cute forest creatures (...and a random triceratops?) doing fun activities. Like, there's a significant part of me that wants to rip out all the pages and hang them on my wall so as to admire them forevermore. Even the text is part of the art. It's amazing! But, I will admit, this is probably due more to personal preference. It's not a universally appreciated style. So decide for yourself:

The book as a whole is great. It rhymes, it teaches the seasons, it follows the alphabet, AND it's rainbow-color-coordinated. Yes. All of that. So on the one hand, it's a great tool for kids to have to read repeatedly—let's look for the letters of the alphabet, now which months go with which season, now the colors... There's a lot. A one time read may only get you an appreciation for a simple, not-to-exciting plot. So I do want people to check it out; but make sure to linger and let the kids have fun.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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