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Walk with Me!
Author: Stella Blackstone
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Binding: Board Book
Year Distributed: 2010 - 2011
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Animals, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes
Join children from across the world as they explore how animals get around. The bright illustrations are enhanced by small windows that open to reveal other illustrations and text.
Age Group 12 months
What’s Happening at this Age
- Looking at pictures and begin to name familiar items like dog, cup, and baby
- Answering questions about what they see in books
- Recognizing the covers of favorite books
- Beginning to recognize when a book is upside down
All of a sudden, your baby doesn’t seem like a baby anymore! This is an amazing time for your little one as they’re very aware of the world around them. Even though they’re not saying them yet, your baby is already learning words. A wonderful way to learn new words is by pointing out pictures in favorite books and talking about each thing on the page. They’re also learning about how books work so having them hand you a book can give you a chance to talk about how you hold it. Letting your baby turn the pages gives you an opportunity to praise their own efforts at handling a book.
Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 12-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!
Why did we select this book?
We liked how bold Caroline Mockford's illustrations are and that she chose to illustrate this simple text with children and animals from around the world. In a simple question and answer format, the author repeats phrases again and again--just the right amount of text and repetition for a twelve-month-old. That children and animals hide behind the flaps on each spread only increases the pleasure of having the answer to the question answered. We also liked the introduction of rhyme. Rhymes are pleasant to hear and make a child curious about playing with words themselves.
This is a book your child can grow with. She may enjoy the simple reading of the question and the revealing of the answer when you lift the flap. Have fun pointing out the other animals on the page, not just the one hidden behind each flap. Later your child may enjoy naming the animals or repeating the refrain “I can!” Children get a great deal of pleasure from memorizing a line in a book or naming an object on a page, as there is pride in learning and comfort in hearing something again and again. This book could also be used for play. Could you use it to help your child hop like a rabbit or stalk like a lion?
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