Guest Review by Lakshmi Thamizhmani
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Mommies Say Shhh! by Patricia Polacco
This interactive board book is made up of a bunch of animal sounds wrapped in a story that weaves around life on a farm.
There is so much movement and action in the pictures that you really feel like you are in a farm-the various angles used in the illustrations contribute to this. The pictures and the close-ups do more than just enhance the text. They bring the text alive.
Animals and people are realistically illustrated and all the objects in the illustrations are of equal salience. Although the active children are busy running around with the animals, the overall mood is relaxed and laid back.
The pictures depict how everyone coexists with nature-girls knit scarves and ask the boys to try them on which the goats play with.
There is also a sequence to the illustrations which lead the reader on and provides continuity.
Similar continuity is also expressed in the illustrations that show a man driving to the farm to pick up eggs, picks them, and leaves.
The text is straight forward, nothing complex. It is also repetitive which makes it easy for kids to learn and remember.
The words, “Bunnies say nothing at all” is interspersed giving a break between animal sounds that could have otherwise been monotonous.
Though I liked the beautiful, light, mild, double-spread watercolor illustrations with the free flowing pencil lines that show underneath the colors, I would have preferred the darker and more striking color scheme that the same author/illustrator has used in her book, ‘G is for Goat’.
Also, on the “Dogs say buff buff” page, I would have preferred the dogs to dominate the page rather than the squirrels.
That said, I definitely recommend the book.
It is great to introduce and teach animal sounds to the young reader in a fun and engaging way . My toddler and I have enjoyed this book and have read it numerous times and I bet we will read it many more times in future.
Mommies Say Shhh by Patricia Polacco
Publisher: Philomel Books
Thank you for your lovely review, Lakshmi. You can read more of Lakshmi’s book reviews, accompanied by learning tools and storytelling tips, on her website TaleTrove at http://www.taletrove.com