Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

40) Too Princessy! by Jean Reidy

Reidy, Jean. Too Princessy! Illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. Bloomsbury, 2012. 32 pages.  ISBN:978-1-59990-722-2

A little girl cannot seem to find the perfect playtime activity, which leads to her shouting:”I am Bored!” While searching for toys, the little girl begins to reject toys and activities that are: “Too Diggy,” “To Blinky,” “Too Gluey,”” Too Marsy,” “Too Zoomy,” and more. The text is drenched in bright colors and patterns, and is set in all-caps. As the too-phrase is repeated, it begins to rhyme with Y-ending adjectives– “Piecey,” “Blinky,”Goopy,”Fuzzy,” “Sleepy,” and more. This picture book expresses the creative way toddlers speak and the colors of the background are vibrant which will hold toddlers attention span. Laugh together with toddlers as the girl describes each toy. The story concludes with simplicity–a plain old cardboard box is just right for the little girl, she can use her own imagination to dream up the wildest fantasies. (Picture book. 2-5) Author’s website can be found at No illustrator website.

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31) Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla

Carmen, Tafolla. Fiesta Babies. Illustrated by Amy Cordova. Tricycle Press,2010. 24 pages. ISBN: 978-1582463193.

Fiesta means to party! This is exactly what a bunch of chubby babies and toddlers do in this colorful picture book. With short sentences and rhyming words, young listeners will celebrate the fiesta, learn about Mexican culture, and pick up Spanish vocabulary words from the glossary–abrazo (a hug), beso (a kiss), cha-cha-cha (a dance), corona (a crown), fiesta (a party), mariachi (music), salsa (spicy sauce), and siesta (a nap). These Mexican babies are animated, they walk, they eat salsa, they sing, and they dance, all while dressed in their native costumes– “go out on the town–right side up and upside down”. An excellent choice for a multicultural toddler storytime. The acrylic colors make the pictures rich and vibrant, as Cordova expresses the many different shades of skin-tone–white, tan, and brown.  (Picture book 1-3). Author’s website can be found at Amy Cordova is an award winning illustrator, a two time ALA Pura Belpre Honor Award winner, and her website can be found at http://www.amycord

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6) Orange Pear, Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Gravett, E. (2005). Orange Pear, Apple Bear. New York: Simon and Schuster. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1416939993.

This plot-less picture book includes a set of five words that are tossed around into different combinations. With very loose pencil sketches, a splash of watercolor, and large font type, the concepts of color, shapes and word order are presented. The Bear, much like Gravett’s Blue Chameleon (2010),is the main character, who adapts into the shape and color of different fruits—from apple bear to pear bear. This picture book starts off slow with one word to a page, but as Bear plays with more fruit, more words are switched around and connected by commas. Kids between ages 1-4 will be introduced to a series of new meanings with a few simple words every time Bear plays with fruit. (Picture book 1-4). Author-Illustrator website can be found at

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