Animals Move (Big, Little Concepts, 3)
Calves swim, / Hatchlings bounce, / Porcupettes nibble, / Kittens pounce. Story time is on the move with this multilayered concept book. Preschoolers will enjoy learning fun baby animal names from echidna “puggles” to whale “calves,” and they’ll revel in using their bodies to mimic the movements each animal makes. Bright photographs give a close-up look at every kitten, cygnet, and foal, as well as young children who are pouncing, snuggling, and racing alongside them. The rhyming text teaches young minds pattern recognition for language learning and reading readiness, and a closing spread of enriching, age-appropriate activities keeps the learning going.
A new addition to the Big, Little Concepts series by author and children’s librarian Jane Whittingham, Animals Move will have everybody wiggling and giggling through story time. Later, little ones can explore the book on their own with its padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy pages that are easy to turn and hard to tear.
The animals featured have both common and unusual animals that would delight young readers while building their vocabulary of baby animals. One of the best things I found was the diverse background of the children featured. I love that it is inclusive.
Final Verdict: This is a wonderful book that you could act out with your young child while reading. This book could be useful when helping young audiences build vocabulary for the names of animal babies. For slightly older children, this would be a great book to use with teaching verbs.