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As usual, Barbara Reid has illustrated her book using Plasticine. This creates an interesting feeling of depth. If you are not familiar with her work, don’t assume Plasticine pictures are simple. From the plaid on the grandfather’s shirt to the tiny details shown in each window of a three-story building, Reid astonishes the reader with her three-dimensional, lively, and complex illustrations.
The first page reads “tell me a story,” and shows a woman laying on a rug with a baby sitting on her tummy as she plays with his toes. Each page features an adult engaging a child in the written word. The text has a comfortable rhyming pattern that beautifully matches the illustrations.
The book ends with two pages of tips for parents on engaging their baby with a book. This is another wonderful creation by Barbara Reid.