What to expect:
A fun pop-up book with a simple story yet enriched with vocabulary for children. Each page has a small surprise underneath a few of the drawings.
This series of books is originally published in English, but later it is then translated into Arabic which caught my attention. What also sparked my interest in these books is rich and bright colors, the pop-up art included in them. That’s why I thought that these books could be an interesting addition to my library.
The books in this series include:
- Into the garden
- Into the zoo
- In the night.
The Arabic language that is used in the book is not simplistic, but rather quite intermediate. When reading about a certain place or object, the description of the words rhymes together. The words that are selected are used to rhyme along the story, that is why the language is a bit advanced, but it also shows how rich the Arabic language is.
The illustrations are very simple, yet it makes sense and it is one of the most important reasons why children would enjoy looking at these books. The combination of the illustration and the color choices makes it easily the most eye-pleasing books on the shelf.
The pop-up effect is the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to these books. The pop-up is interactive, which means that it is not there for the effect, it is a part of the story. It gives a hidden effect to the story and it is entertaining to read and see what is behind each paper.
Each story as described give a closer look in a certain world. When reading about the garden, the story highlights important elements that are in a garden, for example coming across the bugs, and also some information about composting, and how composting is done.
And when reading about the zoo, it takes you to a journey into the zoo and understanding some of the animals, like penguins which have wings but can’t fly and that tigers are nautical animals. Besides animals, the story of the night educates a child about the what happens at night when he/she is asleep, who are the people who are awake and work at night, and what kind of work they do, like a mother caring for a child, a baker baking bread or workers and train conductors and which animals roam at that hour.
I highly recommend this book for children who can understand Arabic very well and for the age of 5 and above. And even if the child can’t understand every single word that is being read, it still offers a very interesting opportunity to start discuss certain topics with your little one based on what you have read.
+ Bright nice colors that are well-balanced
+ Amazing art work which is simple yet effective
+ Attracts any child’s attention to keep looking at the pictures
+ The stories are meaningful and rich with information
– The language is not simple
– The pop-up pictures can be torn if the child gets too excited about the book.
I bought it from Atfaali bookstore in Berlin, Germany