Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Heads & Tails

Heads & Tails

Photographer: Carli Davidson
Board Book
For infants to children age 4
Chronicle Books , 2017   ISBN: 978-1452151373

Over the years parents, teachers, authors, and illustrators have come up with all kinds of ways to help children learn their letters, numbers, colors, opposites, and the names of things. Learning the names of things can be particularly challenging. After all, there are so many names to learn!

In this charming board book the photographer presents children with photographs of dogs so that they can learn the names of body parts. We begin with Nymira, a beautiful mixed breed dog who has one blue eye and one golden brown one. She shows us, to great effect, what are eyes are called.

Next we move on to Lilypad, an English bulldog, who shows off her teeth for us. Sirella the border collie shows us her pink and white nose. Cashew the French Bulldog has a huge lolling tongue to show off, and Cloud the Shar Pei has the sweetest little wrinkly legs you will ever see. We also see feathery ears, sweet puppy paws, a little round belly, and a plumy tail that belongs to Fia, who is a golden retriever.

Children will be charmed by the dogs that appear on the pages of this book. They are all beautiful in their own way, and full of character, and they show off their body parts perfectly for the benefit of their young readers.