HOW BEAUTIFUL Written by Antonella Capetti Illustrated by Melissa Castrillón (Greystone Kids; $17.95; Ages 4-8)…
As diverse as the weather is, so are the babies illustrated by Carol Thompson, in this four book Whatever the Weather! board book series which includes: SNOW, RAIN, SUN, and WIND, (Child’s Play International Ltd., $4.99, Ages 0-3).
In SNOW, a child puts on his warm clothes and goes out to experience the sounds and sensations of playing in the snow.
When the sun gets low in the sky he must say goodnight to his snow monsters (snowmen), and go inside to warm his chilly nose and toes.
In contrast to the cold and snowy weather, Thompson has brightly illustrated the book, SUN, with babies donning sun hats and sunscreen, and little else. They strip down to the bare necessities of clothing for a day of fun in the sun.
Shoes off, socks off…
This barefoot romp takes us from sun up to sun down.
RAIN is a delightfully lighthearted dance through the raindrops. Little ones will love the onomatopoeia and rhythm of the text.
Drip drop, Plip plop, Splish splosh……sploosh!
From first drop to sunshine and rainbows, this is a fun read!
Hold onto your hats and hounds when you read WIND. Thompson’s illustrations capture the movement and chaos of a windy day.
Wind ruffles and tickles …
This briskly paced read lends itself to drama and sounds effects, as the wind lifts us up and sets us back down to a calm ending.
It’s no surprise that Thompson has done such a beautiful job of illustrating stuffed bunnies, pinwheels, and kiddie-pools, as well as many other easily recognizable items in this delightful 12 page board book series. She’s illustrated more than forty-five books for children and is the recipient of the Mother Goose Award for Children’s Book Illustration.
– Reviewed by MaryAnne Locher