Curious Kids: Explore the Meadow

Tiger Tales. May 2020. 16p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9781680106183.
PreS-Gr 1–This board book is packed with facts about the different creatures (caterpillars, spiders, bees) that inhabit meadows. Facts are often paired with colorful imagery. The big, bold text emphasizes the creatures highlighted on each page. The story does not need to be read in a linear fashion. A child could easily spot new information upon a second read. Some of Engel’s whimsical pop-up art appears to move as it is revealed on the page, making the insects come to life. The artwork is done in a folk art style and uses a mix of primary and earth-toned colors. Young readers are instructed to look for a bumblebee on each page to learn interesting details. This interactive feature will keep children engaged.
VERDICT Recommend for parents who want to teach young readers about the natural world. Great for encouraging children to continuously learn and explore.

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