Tania McCartney (text), Jess Racklyeft (illus), See Hear, EK Books, April 2018, 32pp., $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781921966675
See Hear is the sequel to the award winning Smile Cry. It is a ‘Flip the Book’ beginner’s book of senses. Three characters, Piglet, Bunny and Cat explore all the wonderful things they love to see, and halfway through the book we flip the book over to discover what they love to hear. This is a refreshingly different ‘beginner’s book’. It is not prescriptive, rather the creative descriptive language allows the reader to use their imagination to interpret and connect to the concepts and experiences. The fanciful pastel illustrations support and extend the text and the characters have a familiar cuddly toy appeal. Perfect for preschoolers and early childhood years. Teachers will love discussing the rich language: metaphor, alliteration and onomatopoeia and there are also opportunities for writing.
Reviewed by Sharon Seymour