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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Baby at the Farm - Karen Katz (Picture Book)

Released January 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Karen Katz is back with another of her popular "Baby" board books. In this interactive adventure Baby is visiting a farm where he sees a cow, some tiny pigs, a little lamb, a whole lot of yellow, fluffy chickens, and a big, brown horse. Besides petting the farm critters, Baby gets to collect a basket of eggs and jump in a pile of hay. Now that's a perfect day for an adventure on the farm!

Along with the large, vibrant color illustrations, this touch-and-feel book also features a few pages where the child can run his or her little fingers over a substance that resembles the animal's coat. There's some soft, white, faux, lamb's wool and some stringy brown material that suggests a horse's mane.

As you read this story to your preschooler ask him or her to close his or her eyes and then identify the animal by feeling the "patch". You can also practice name recognition or even what sounds each animal makes.

Since this is such a simple text you are given the opportunity to create your own story or turn paging thorough the book into a game. Here's were mom or dad's creativity enters the read aloud session!

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