Award-winning author Stella Blackstone has written many of Barefoot's best-selling titles, including the Bear series, the Cleo the Cat series and My Granny Went to Market. Sunny Scribens is a picture book editor and author. She has also written Space Song Rocket Ride for Barefoot Books. She lives with her husband and young daughter, who provided much inspiration for Baby's First Words. Debbie Harter has illustrated over 20 books for Barefoot, including the beloved Bear series and several singalongs. As a child, Debbie would lose herself in books (as long as they had pictures) and hopes to continue doing so until she is very old.
PreS-Blackstone combines a rhyming counting book and a birthday celebration. Harter's familiar cartoon bear and buddies party with gifts, musical chairs, hide-and-seek, a treasure hunt, and a variety of treats. Readers are given the task of counting the number of balloons as designated in a square at the bottom right corner of each spread. The final spread shows a balloon countdown from 10 to one, assisted by Bear's black-and-white-striped cat. The busy scenes with bright geometrics and patterns promise many fun readings.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.