Night and Day: A Big Book of Opposites

Julie Safirstein. Princeton Architectural Press, $19.95 (15p) ISBN 978-1-61689-650-8
Brightly colored, rough-edged silhouettes of objects and animals highlight a range of opposing words in this large-format book. Flaps, pop-ups, and other interactive elements help clarify each term and sometimes introduce secondary concepts. Four ladybugs sitting on flaps take readers from “left” to “right” on one spread; lifting those flaps uncovers the number of spots on the bug, both as a numeral and in fingers on a hand. A large tree unfolds when another spread is opened, separating “night” from “day” on the left and right pages while also putting distance between the tree’s branches (“high”) and its roots (“low”). And a slider allows readers to move a blue dot—“alone” at the top of a page—down to where other shapes are clustered “together.” A handsomely designed and produced introduction to basic but important concepts. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/28/2017
Release date: 10/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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