Book review: Three concept books by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.  $14.99. ISBN 9781626722545. Unpaged. Ages 2-6. P7Q8.

This brightly colored book goes through pairs of opposites like black/white, night/day, over/under. It uses a nice “flap” system to show a bit of the picture below it, and when you lift the flap, you see the opposite- some of these are very clever. Young children who are building vocabulary will find the book fun both for testing their vocabulary and for looking at what the simple blocky illustrations are showing them. I normally don’t like children’s books with flaps or tabs for my library since they are so easily damaged, but this one seems sturdy and should last a while!

VERDICT: This is a good bet for younger children who are developing their vocabulary and learning to read. It will be popular in my library. Originally published October 2006.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Lemons are Not Red. Roaring Brook Press, 2016. $14.99. ISBN 9781626722538. Unpaged. Ages 2-6. P7Q7

Another book like the previous, but this one is about colors. I have the same comments in general, but this one is on lighter weight paper and unfortunately is not going to hold up as well as Black? White! Day? Night! Originally published in 2004.

 

 

Seeger, Laura Vaccari. One Boy. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.  $14.99. ISBN 9781626722521. Unpaged. Ages 2-6. P7Q7

Another book like the previous, but this one is a counting book. I have the same comments in general, but this one is on lighter weight paper and unfortunately is not going to hold up as well as Black? White! Day? Night! Originally published in 2008.

 

April 2017 review by Carol Schramm.

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