‘My First I See You’ Book

Simple illustrations in bright colors and rhyming text capture the attention of little ones. Author Eric Carle fills the bill with “My First I See You: A Mirror Book,” the August Baby Buzz Pick.

Each month The Missourian features a new hardcover book for children birth to age 5. A review of the book appears in the second weekend issue of the newspaper.

The reviews are written by Chris Stuckenschneider, book editor, and Maria Brady-Smith, former parent-educator with the Washington School District.

The following review was written by Brady-Smith:

Eric Carle, one of our most beloved author/illustrators, introduces basic concepts such as colors, shapes and animals in “My First I See You: A Mirror Book,” made to keep toddlers’ minds and hands busy. It’s lovingly written and beautifully illustrated with pictures Carle readers will be familiar with.

“I see you in the butterfly

Who flutters so high.

I see you in the clouds

That float across the sky.”

Each page of this interactive board book has a mirror which children this age will love because they are beginning to recognize their own reflections and are becoming self-aware as well.

This book also includes lots of opportunities to expand children’s vocabulary of action words such as flying, swinging, playing and waving. The last page even offers an opportunity for children to get active by imitating various animals throughout the book:

“Can I see you…

Roar like a lion?

Swing like a monkey?

Fly like a bird?”

“My First I See You: A Mirror Book” has just the right amount of interactive and age appropriate fun to keep toddlers engaged and learning.