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What Is That?

Author: Tana Hoban

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ISBN: 9780688129200

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2004 - 2005

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: High Contrast

It is never too early to look and talk together! This book welcomes talking about high contrast white pictures of familiar objects on a black background. It's perfect for newborns.


Age Group Newborn

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Recognizing familiar voices
  • Gazing at high contrast pictures
  • Looking at faces

Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!

Why did we select this book?

Your baby's eyes are not fully developed yet and so they see high-contrast things best. The best contrast is a simple black object on a white background or vice versa. We selected this book because it may attract your baby's attention in a way that books with more complicated illustrations will not.


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