One Windy Day by Tammi Salzano

Help your youngster learn opposites with this wonderful collaboration from Tammi Salzano and Hannah Wood. Like their previous books (One Rainy Day, One Snowy Day, One Sunny Day) One Windy Day makes learning simple and fun.

Fox loves the wind, but one windy day his mail begins to blow away: up, down, left, right, high and low his fellow animal friends help him retrieve the letters so he can deliver them. This beautiful board book features sturdy board pages, soft padded covers, rounded corners, and foil stamped leaves on the cover and interior pages.

I love it when these ladies work together. It’s always a joy to experience their work.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Board book:22 pages
  • Publisher:Tiger Tales; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1589258754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258754
  • SRP: $8.95

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

One Sunny Day by Tammi Salzano

Learning shapes is so much fun with this sun-loving bear. One Sunny Day means star sunglasses, a diamond kite, a square sandbox and other fun surprises. Your preschooler will enjoy following bear and discovering shapes along the way. With gold foil sunbursts on the cover and some of the interior pages, this book is sure to capture a child’s eye.

Author Tammi Salzano and illustrator Hannah Wood have teamed up on other fun titles too. Salzano’s simple text coupled with Wood’s bold artwork is sure to be loved by little ones. I’ve had a chance to read some of their other collaborations, and I have never been disappointed.

One Sunny Day is a wonderful way to get youngsters in the mood for summer while teaching them a game of finding shapes around them.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Board book:20 pages
  • Publisher:Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10:1589258711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258716
  • SRP: $8.95

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

Top 10 Picture Books of 2011

This took longer than expected. As I mentioned in my last post, selections this year were hard. In addition, I discovered I needed to segregate picture books for little kids (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) from those for school-age children. While some books could overlap between the two age groups, there was no way for me to compile a fair list if I lumped them all into one group. For books where I couldn’t find an age listing, I put them where I felt they fit best. I’ll start off with my Top 10 for the youngest category and then list the Top 10 in the older category.

Top 10 Picture Books for Preschoolers and under

  • Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido van Genechten
  • A Cat’s Alphabet Book by Sally O. Lee
  • My Daddy by Guido van Genechten
  • Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo and Going to the Zoo with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (I reviewed these together, so I am counting them as one.)
  • One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano
  • Oops! by Leo Timmers
  • 1-2-3- Count with Me and A is for Apple by Georgie Burkett (Again, I reviewed these together and count them as one.)
  • Ricky is Brave by Guido van Genechten
  • Thankyouplease by Pierre Winters and Barbara Ortelli
  • Ian’s New Potty by Pauline Oud

There are repeat names on this list, but I felt these authors and publishers truly knew how to create books attractive to this market.

Top 10 Books of 2011 for Ages 3 and up

  • A Dog is A Dog by Stephen Shaskan
  • My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
  • Will & Kate: A Love Story by Ink Robin
  • Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner
  • The Butt Book by Artie Bennett
  • Not Fat Because I Wanna Be by LaNiyah Bailey
  • The Dancing Clock by Steve Metzger
  • Humbug, A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker
  • My Name is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry
  • Fifo “50 States” by Hayley Rose

Honorable Mentions

  • A Christmas Secret by Candace Hall
  • Frederico, The Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani
  • The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger
  • Marta’s Gargantuan Wings by J. Aday Kennedy
  • Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko
  • Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore
  • Limelight Larry by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Don’t Worry Douglas! by David Melling
  • Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother by Dixie Phillips
  • Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClure
  • Secret Service Saint by Janet Ann Collins
  • Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann 

Truck Party by Tammi Salzano

Do you have a little one who likes trucks? Then you need to pick up this charming story of friendship and fun. The trucks are throwing a surprise party. Each truck has his job to do to get ready for the guest of honor.

Truck Party by Tammi Salzano is a fabulous way to help your truck-loving youngster celebrate the joys of friendship. As you  read of every truck doing his job, your child will understand how great it is when friends work together for something special. The bright illustrations in vibrant primary colors by Hannah Wood, make this story come alive. Giving the trucks eyes makes them seem more like people than machinery.

This book would make a wonderful gift for any child interested in trucks, but it’s also a fun book to read to any child. And at only $7.95, it’s a great value.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258655
  • SRP:  $7.95

One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano

Who knew one little blueberry could cause so much trouble? When one little blueberry falls to the ground, all the hungry insects are eager to have it for themselves. Who will end up with this tasty treat?

Counting has never been so much fun as with One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano. Coupled with the charming artwork of Kat Whelan, this hardcover with spot laminated cardstock pages, will be a popular read in your house. I found the spot lamination to be quite an intriguing feature, as the glossy spots immediately capture the reader’s eye.

I truly loved this story. It takes a great deal of imagination to create a simple book that teaches counting, but Salzano makes it seem easy. Whelan’s bright and colorful illustrations in some ways matched the simplicity of the text: the angular lines of the ants’ faces, the insects’ dot eyes, the wispy lines of the antenna. Yet, there is so much going on in these zany pictures of insects chasing after the coveted blueberry, that you’re captivated by them as much as you are by the story.

This might just be my favorite book of the spring season!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258594
  • SRP:  $12.95

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