Welcome to My House: A Collection of First Words
By Gaia Stella
48 pages – ages 7+
Published by Chronicle Books on June 6, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher- “First words are everywhere you look, especially in a house! This visually striking picture book catalogs an impressive array of household items, naming the delightful miscellany that comprises a life. The charming collections are creative and unexpected, providing the sweetest of visual snapshots that reinforce word recognition and understanding. In addition to the everyday kitchen, living room, and garden items, there are surprising and smart illustrated spreads featuring “everything for resting,” “everything for warming up,” and “everything that gets lost.” Plus, a seek-and-find element (a hiding cat!) offers bonus amusement.”
What I Thought- I think this is a beautiful book – it’s a perfect size, and the entire thing has an enticing texture. The illustrations were excellent, utilizing white space to a full capacity, with simple design for the objects that are named. It’s all really well-organized. The only thing that didn’t sit well with me was that the book is called “A Collection of First Words” and some of the words are not really “first words” in my perspective. The book overall is visually stunning, and kids are going to love paging through just to look at the pictures!
Also, kudos to Stella for supplying an index with the words and the pages they are found on!
I give this book four out of five bookworms.
Written by Nikki Ehrlich
Illustrated by Zoey Abbott
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on June 20, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher- “Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.
It’s the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergarten be like when they’re not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn’t so bad.”
What I Thought- This was a really cute book – I love how it really captures real life in its emotions. I thought it was nice how Dax and Zoey both have jittery feelings at different parts of the book, and how the other twin comforts their sibling. The illustrations have a nice, soft feel to them that give the book a warm feeling. The story is sweet, and I like how it shows a nice sibling love. I absolutely loved this book, and I think other kids will too!
I give this book five out of five bookworms!