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Slide and Find: ABC Animals

Slide and Find: ABC Animals

From the editors at Scholastic
Novelty Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Scholastic , 2016   ISBN: 978-0545903448

Children love books that have moving parts; book with flaps to lift, dials to turn, and tabs to pull. They like books that have windows that open to reveal a surprise. Many novelty book designers love to use features like these to create concept books that explore the alphabet, numbers, colors, opposites, and more.

In this book there are twenty-six sliding tabs, one for each letter of the alphabet. The tabs slide either up and down or left and right, and under each slider children will find a picture of an animal (or something to do with an animal) with its name next to it.

On every page there are three or four sliders, and often there is an annotated picture that we can respond to. For example, on the first page we see sliders for the letters A, B, and C. For the letter A we see that A is for armadillo and when we slide the tab we see that A is also for alpaca. B is for baboon and also for bee. C is for crab and for chicken. Below the sliders we see a picture of a colorful caterpillar and we are asked “Do you know letter I start with?”

Most of the time the photos under the sliders show an animal, but in some cases they show a part of an animal, the sound it makes, or what the animal is doing. For example, for the letter H we see a bull with huge horns, and for the letter J we see a frog jumping.

Little children will have a grand time exploring the sliding  novelty features in this book, and they will enjoy figuring out the answers to the questions that are put to them as well.