Travel through time with pioneering explorers of ocean, land, sky, and space in this informative, engaging board book. This title is refreshingly substantial and goes above and beyond many other books for babies and toddlers, which consist too often of basic numbers, colors, and ABCs. While there is no particular story line, the biographical blurbs appear in chronological order starting with the earliest featured explorer, Leif Erikson. General facts are taught about each explorer including their name, where they explored and who they were with. Unlike some history books for children that can be quite dense (borderline dull), this book’s perfect rhymes and metered cadence make it a fun, flowing read. But don’t assume the readability means it’s light on substance—even adults will learn something new and will find it a joy to read and re-read. The rhyme portion of each page may be enough for little ears, but additional information is included on the opposite page, so as the child grows, the book has more to give. The illustrations are in bright and cheery colors. They’re also simple, which matches the tone of the simplified explanations about each pioneer. The last page of the book is dedicated to 11 more explorers to encourage more learning and research. Six of these are female explorers, and it would have been nice to see more of them in the full page featurettes.
I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOO MUCH. Even though there's a lot of text, I was shocked by the attention span my son had for it, even as a baby, and if you want to shorten the reading you can choose to just either read just the left page (four-lines of rhyming text about the explorer) or just the right page (a single sentence telling you something else about the explorer and their name.) The illustrations are ADORABLE and my favorite part is that I feel like I learn something reading it as an adult while reading something to my child that they really enjoy too.
I love this book! Definitely one of my favorites, containing little bios for important people in history. This book has great content and facts without making the text too long. Plus, the illustrations are amazing! The only thing that could make this book better for me would be for a few more influential women to be included in the main portion of the book, but I love the women that are included and think they are fantastic role models for girls and boys alike! Plus, there are more explorers in the back to learn about (women and men)! :)
Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com. (Bio via http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Joan-Holub/1440894)
Daniel Roode is an illustrator and designer who draws inspiration from his French heritage, mid-century modern design, pop art, and nature. Daniel creates the bulk of his art digitally, an appropriate medium for his clean yet tactile aesthetic that has a distinct joie de vivre. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his amazing wife Laura and their two funny cats.
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