Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Presents for the Very Young

Trains by Catherine Foreman, Scholastic NZ

Boats by Catherine Foreman, Scholastic NZ

Here we have two more books in the Machines and Me series, following on from Planes and Tractors. I was impressed with the first two, and glad to see these ones being published - I hope this means the series is financially successful. For those of you who haven’t made the connection, Catherine Foreman is the author/illustrator of the award-winning picture book The Cat’s Pyjamas which has become a firm favourite in many households, including mine. These two volumes offer uncomplicated illustrations with solid black lines and bright primary colours, just right for young preschoolers. The fashion these days seems to be for dense complicated illustrations, so it’s nice to see uncluttered pages that could be visually enjoyed by babies. The rhyming text is brief and simple (and could be read by a newly-independent reader): Trains run on a railway track, round and round, or there and back. From the station, through the town, up the hill and then back down. I hope there will be more in this series - Bicycles, Bulldozers, Cranes??

ISBN 978 1 77543 162 6 $15 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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