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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Princess Playtime - Elle D. Risco (Picture Book)

Released July 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Your little princess will love this board book that features numerous lift-the-flaps, slide windows and touch and feel sections. Ariel, Bella, Cinderella and Jasmine all invite the reader to participate in searching for treasures, checking out a tea party guest list, participating in a scavenger hunt, and playing hide-and seek in this beautifully illustrated volume.

With nice thick pages your youngster can flip the pages without your assistance and it won’t take long before the child learns to open the flaps or slide back the windows to see what secrets they cover.

Make it a game and ask your child to find various hidden critters or items or see if he or she can tell you what is happening on any of the two page spreads. You can even practice color recognition with questions like, “Where is the girl with red hair?” or “Can you point to a blue hat?”

Since a board book like this doesn’t feature a lot of text, the creative parent must use a little imagination to make the illustrations more interesting. This can be making up your own story and dialogue or encouraging the child to do so with a question such as “What’s Cinderella thinking here?” or “Where do you think she is going?”.

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