Clare Beaton’s Action Rhymes

Clare Beaton, Author
Clare Beaton, Barefoot Books, $6.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-84686-473-5
Reviewed on: 08/02/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Hand-sewn illustrations enliven seven well-known children’s rhymes, including “Pat-a-cake” and the “Incy Wincy Spider,” in this delightful board book. Beaton’s skillful embroidery, replete with detail (for “Head and Shoulders,” sewn words label different parts of the body), will capture toddlers’ imaginations as they follow the actions of each rhyme (the typography is quite active itself). Just right for practicing coordination and first words, Beaton’s literary stitchery has plenty to offer tiny eyes, ears, and hands. Also available: Clare Beaton’s Nursery Rhymes. Up to age 4. (Aug.)