What Can You See? At Night /  What Can You See? On The Farm – Kate Ware, illustrations by María Perera


 What Can You See? At Night – Kate Ware, illustrations by María Perera, Tiger Tales, 9781680106152, 2020

What Can You See? On The Farm – Kate Ware, illustrations by María Perera, Tiger Tales, 9781680106145, 2020

Format: PDF Review Copies (Board Book available August 11, 2020)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? Both of these books pack a lot of wonderful things for little ones — colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and opportunities for interaction throughout the stories. 

What Can You See? At Night shows children all the amazing things that happen, with both people and animals, while the rest of us are sleeping. Some examples include babies being fed, postal workers sorting mail, nocturnal animals coming out to eat and play, a farmer tending to cattle, and a bakery preparing early morning treats. Each page explains a little about all these activities and why they are being done during the night. There is also an interactive component where children are asked to say a sound of an animal that appears on the page such as an owl, cat, frog, mice, cow, and a dog. I can see this part being really fun for young children! 

In the book What Can You See? On The Farm, we are now in the bright daylight and enjoying all the wonderful things that happen on a farm. This book explains a lot about farm life including the different animals  (horse, sheep, dog, pig, hen, rabbit, and cows), different farm equipment (combine and tractor), and a variety of produce (carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkins, and tomatoes). This book is interactive as well in that questions are asked of the reader such as “What would you like to buy?” or “What do you see?”. On several pages, children are asked to count how many of a specific animal. 

The illustrations in both books are very detailed and a considerable amount of time can be spent slowly looking at each picture and finding the hidden gems. Every page is filled with at least 10 interesting things to find– a cat in a window, bevers hiding in a den, the tiny roots of a flower, a field mouse nest, and a rabbit eating a carrot. 

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Both of these books are perfect for children, infant to age three. The bold colors and little details will keep them thoroughly entertained.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children under the age of three.

Where would you shelve it? Board books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, informative, detailed, and the illustrations are wonderful.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: May 12, 2020

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