Thursday, 4 September 2014

Baby Bright and Baby Shine by Samantha Meredith

Baby BrightBaby Shine
Published by Tiger Tales in March 2014
Summary From Little Tiger Press
Baby Bright: This high-contrast baby board book is packed with baby’s first words! Every page has an eye-catching shiny gold finish and a simple illustration of one of baby’s favourite things. The black and white pages, with a bright colour and shiny gold foil, are designed with baby in mind. 
Baby Shine: This high-contrast baby board book is packed with baby’s first words! Every page has an eye-catching shiny green finish and a simple illustration of one of baby’s favourite things. The black and white pages, with a bright colour and shiny green foil, are designed with baby in mind.
*****
Two lovely board books for young babies! Each contains simple, shiny foil illustrations of things that babies are likely to recognize. The pictures in Baby Bright use gold foil and those in Baby Shine use green. Each double spread has no more than three or four words in bold type.
The small size of the books is perfect for little hands, and the pages are cut away, with each getting a bit bigger as you go on through the book. This makes turning them easy, as well as making the books look appealingly stripy when viewed from the front.
One of the things I particularly liked about these books is that the two objects illustrated on each double spread are largely related to each other in some way,
giving something to talk about. For example, sun and hat (when it's sunny we need to put a hat on) or leaf and caterpillar (caterpillars like eating leaves). The only one which gave me pause for thought was book and drum in Baby Shine. I know they're both toys, but I struggled to find something to say about them which would link them together. In the end I decided that books are quiet and drums are noisy, but with lots of interactive books on the market nowadays, I'm not sure that's quite true.
These are definitely books I would recommend, though. And at only £4.99 each, they'd make a perfect present for a newborn (or an older baby, of course). Terrific! 

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