The true draw of this volume is the encouraged educational searches through interactive flaps, more than 45 throughout the book. Each two page spread, after telling a portion of the story, invites children to find certain things behind the hidden flaps. Children learn counting (1-10), matching (male and female animals), shapes (triangle, square, circle, rectangle, diamond, oval, star and crescent), animal sounds (11 different ones) and colors (purple, orange, blue, green, red and yellow).
What I Like: Everything! My kids love this book and want to read it over and over again. The interactive nature of the book keeps busy toddlers and preschoolers interested while sneaking in basic preschool lessons.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: The book says 3 and above, but I think children as young as 18 months would enjoy this book.
Publisher Info: Reader’s Digest Children’s Books & Kregel KidZone, 2003; ISBN: 0794400361; Boardbook; $10.99