Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Kristine O'Connell George
Illustrator:  Maggie Smith 
Board Book
For ages 2 to 4
Clarion Books, 2001   ISBN: 978-0547154091

A little boy has been given a gift. Quickly he pulls off the ribbon and rips open the wrapping. There is a book inside and the little boy is thrilled. The book is wonderful because the little boy can explore it all on his own. He can "turn your pages by myself." He can put it away or read it to the cat. He can show the pictures to the baby, and take the book with him wherever he goes. Best of all, when it is nap time, the little boy can snuggle in a grownup lap and have the story read to him.

Sometimes, as we get older, we forget how splendid books are. This book explores one little boy's adventures with a book that he is given. The story captures the magic that is inherent to all good books, and little children will not only enjoy watching the little boy, but they will also enjoy watching what his Siamese cat companion does as well.