I Can See You by Rosemarie Avrana Meyok, illustrated by Michelle Simpson. Inhabit Media, 2022. 9781772274202
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Board book
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Loving a baby is a sweetly sensual experience. By playing peekaboo, listening to their giggles, giving them a kunik (“a kiss given by placing the nose on a person’s face and breathing in”), hugging, and kissing, several different loving adults show their love for their “little sweetheart” with all five senses. Simple, repetitive language speaks directly to baby.
Interior views show cozy rooms full of toys and blankets, and outdoor views show different seasons in Inuit lands. I appreciate learning the Inuktitut meaning of kunik, and the idea that there is a multitude of ways to show love. This is a sweet, and culturally diverse offering for families looking for a gentle bedtime story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For the board book set.
Who should buy this book? Daycare centers and public libraries, especially as a nice way to diversify board book collections.
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 20, 2022