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Summary: This is a picture book adaptation of John Denver’s famous song “For Bobbie." The words talk to your baby, telling him (or her) that you will take their hand, and guide them safely through the world so that they can shine. The watercolor illustrations are brightly colored and guide us across the globe, showing us Parents guiding their children and parent animals guiding their young through the world. We see monkeys, pandas, butterflies, llamas, cats, etc. in the richness of their environment. There is a CD that comes with the picture book so you can listen as you read along or explore the pages.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 0 to 4
Reading Level: 2.5
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids picked this book over and over. They enjoyed the book and loved all the animals in the illustrations.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book, and I LOVED the richness of the color selection. Janeen Mason has an obvious passion for color! I was troubled by a few of the illustrations — the color selection and execution of the paintings around some of the faces of the people were done in a way that left me haunted — deep purple-black skin, and strangely shaped eyes. Other than that, they are fantastic and rich!
Pros: This is a book meant for sharing. All of the parents show obvious devotion and loving care to their young on every page.
Cons: Some of the pictures are a little off.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow! I might buy this for a new mom, but I'd probably have to think about it.
Educational Themes: This is a book for reading (or listening to) cuddled together with your child. If you want to extend the learning, you can pair up animals with their young, or match animal species with a particular environment. There is a map in the back of the book with callouts for each of the animals, an inset of the watercolor image of the animal, as well as a short paragraph on the biology of the animal.
You can also look at differences in human cultures — dress, way to carry young, etc.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, music, family