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I Like Toys: Petit Collage    by Lorena Siminovich order for
I Like Toys
by Lorena Siminovich
Order:  USA  Can
Templar, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This touch-and-feel board book arranges objects by shapes. The double page spreads include toys that feature circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles in their makeup (i.e. the round tires on a car or the triangular roof on a playhouse).

There really is no text here (just the name of each object) but the collage of colorful toys complemented by the tactile elements encourages the child to learn some basic concepts. Not only are you exposing the youngster to shapes but also the names of basic toys.

For example, in the square section you'll discover a jack-in-the-box with a monkey, a purple book, and a full page of blocks with one of them featuring a corrugated surface the child can run his or her finger across.

This is a very sturdy book with a surface that can be easily wiped clean if it becomes soiled by heavy use or sticky little fingers. The design and big, bold illustrations make this a book that will appeal to toddlers.

Why not have some fun with your child using this engaging board book to learn the shapes and the names of various toys? You could even add to the educational mix by identifying basic colors.

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