I Would Tuck You in [Board Book]
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|Format: ||Hardcover, 11 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||USA, 30 October 2014|
"This is a sweet sharing book that is as warm as a bear hug."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media
"...a thin but delightful book for children ages 3 to 7 about the caring relationship of mothers toward their offspring in the northern wilderness. The small factoids are fun too."
"Bedtime books featuring drowsy animals are nothing new, but Asper-Smith takes advantage of a growing trend by adding a nonfiction element that both deepens the content and opens the book up for classroom integration. Each two-page spread features an illustration of an adult/child animal pair and a sweet, nonrhyming promise: Ã¢ÂÂIf you were a little brown bat . . .Ã¢ÂÂ The feel-good sentiment is then explained in scientific terms via smaller text at the bottom of the page: Ã¢ÂÂThe little brown bat uses sound at night to find its way in the dark and capture mosquitoes to eat.Ã¢ÂÂ Though sometimes these facts pull against the cosy fantasyÃ¢ÂÂno, the owl isnÃ¢ÂÂt really staying up late to tell its offspring storiesÃ¢ÂÂthey should succeed in intriguing young readers. WatleyÃ¢ÂÂs rough yet realistic pencilÃ¢ÂÂandÃ¢ÂÂwatercolour art resists anthropomorphizingthe characters and is refreshingly liberal with its palette: aquas for underwater whales, warm oranges for brown bears, forest greens for porcupines. Both snuggly and educational."
"The book is a fine balance of playful and endearing. ItÃ¢ÂÂs concise while still being educational. And for a four-year-old with the attention span of a gnat, it has it all: bright illustrations that are life-like, instead of cartoonish; enough variety to stave off boredom and no wording that is so long the wiggles set in.ÃÂ From page one, the book introduces readers to the wildlife of our northern region. There are snowshoe hares, bowhead and humpback whales, brown bears, caribou, little brown bats, boreal owls and arctic terns, just to name a few. Each animal is highlighted with a distinguishing feature and a little fact.ÃÂ They add an opportunity for education and allow the book to be read to a broader range of young audiences.ÃÂ The illustrations, too, are a learning opportunity. They are detailed and lifelike, showing each of the animals in their typical habitat. Even the muskox look cold in their frozen tundra scene...ÃÂ In all, IÃ¢ÂÂd say itÃ¢ÂÂs a triumph for this creative husband-wife team."
"I Would Tuck You InÃÂ is the perfect parent-child love story, with a variety of Alaska creatures making their little ones safe and secure in dens, kelp beds, on tundra trails, and in the wide Arctic sky. Perfect for kids birth to five, this charming book by Juneau residents Sarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell Watley provides bedtime-story comfort, any time of the day or night. Learn about caribou, brown bears, bowhead whales, or owls as you smoothly navigate the pages, and calmly assure youngsters you will, indeed, love them always."
AK on the GO
Capital City WeeklyÃÂ
About the Author
Sarah Asper-Smith makes her home in Juneau, Alaska, where she works for herself as an artist and designer. She finds much of her inspiration in the beauty that surrounds her. Although originally from Texas, Mitchell Watley now calls Alaska home. When he is not collaborating with his wife, Sarah, on an artistic project or a delicious meal, he can often be found painting in his studio. This is their first children's book together.
15.75 x 15.75 x 1.27 centimetres (0.20 kg)|
2-4 years |