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Hamsters Holding Hands
Aug 21st, 2012 by Noodlenuts

Three hamsters with a pear
Four hamsters in the air

I admit it: I just love a bit of well-executed randomness in a children’s book. I can’t help but feel like sometimes the most fun to be had with a book for really little kids is in a story that is a little bit wonky and odd, but in that sort of clever way that never veers entirely into the completely chaotic or incoherent.

It’s because of this that I love author/illustrator Kass Reich’s first book, Hamsters Holding Hands, a counting board book that is ridiculously sweet and fun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Number & Counting Books Part II
Jun 2nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts


Now that your little one has already mastered counting to ten, why not try something a little more challenging?  Number concepts can be found all over the place, from learning about money to basic arithmetic to telling time.  Here are a handful of number and counting books that address ideas beyond just the basics! Read the rest of this entry »

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Number & Counting Books Part I
May 31st, 2010 by Noodlenuts

A handful of wonderful books about numbers and counting that are appropriate for infants and toddlers.  Colourful, funny, several of them in board book format, these are a great way to introduce your baby to the concept of numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boom Chicka Rock
May 11th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Let’s dance and party and Rock-and-Roll.
Bring out the Good China Dishes and the Big Punch Bowl.

 

When kitchen clock-dwelling, fun-loving mice–numbers One through Twelve–decide to throw an impromptu late-night party, not even Max the housecat is going to stand in their way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Little Elvi
May 6th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

TEN little Elvi gettin’ ready to shine . . .
One made a comeback and then there were NINE.

 

As all parents of toddlers—with their love of familiarity and repetition—know, sometimes it’s as important that a book for young children appeals to parents as that it appeals to children, because it is the parents who will have to read that book over and over and over again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Food for Thought
Feb 9th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Ingredients: oranges, kumquats, rhubarb, black-eyed peas, assorted broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, portabella, enoki and white-button mushrooms, sesame seeds, mustard seeds, pink and green peppercorns, pink grapefruit, kiwifruits, . . . etc., etc.

As the ingredients for a single recipe, the above list is more than a little unappetizing. Unappetizing, that is, unless it’s a recipe for learning basic concepts in a hilarious, creative way. Read the rest of this entry »

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One, Two, Tree!
Feb 7th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

One dizzy ant totters up the tree.

Two dream lizards follow lazily.

Like all of Anushka Ravishankar’s books that I have thus far encountered, One, Two, Tree! is notable for its inventiveness, originality, clever choice of words, and general uniqueness. Read the rest of this entry »

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