Baby’s First Farm – written by Danielle McLean, illustrations by Craig Shuttlewood

   Baby’s First Farm – written by Danielle McLean, illustrations by Craig Shuttlewood, Tiger Tales, 9781680106596, 2021

Format: Board Book

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This is the perfect lift-the-flap book to introduce very young children to the animals that live on a farm. Each farm animal has a two-page spread with the left page asking “This is a henhouse. But who is inside?” There is even a question that directs a young child where to lift the flap (“What is that noise behind the bucket?”). Children can lift a smaller flap to see a baby farm animal and a larger flap that reveals an entire group of that animal. At the end of the book two large barn doors can be opened to reveal all the farm animals together. This book is a great way for children to see different farm animals, learn the sounds the animals make, and see other farm items such as a wheelbarrow, water bucket, rake, and horseshoe.

The illustrations provided by Craig Shuttlewood are bright and colorful and every animal seems to have a cute and smiley face. The pages and flaps are extremely thick and sturdy, so they should hold up to repeated use from young readers.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for very young children ages infant to three years old. It is a great way to introduce farm animals and items.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of infant and three years old.

Where would you shelve it? Board Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

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

Date of review: April 30, 2021

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