cover image Take Care of Me from A to Z

Take Care of Me from A to Z

Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Tatiana Oles. Blue Apple (Chronicle, dist.), $12.99 (

Photographs of personable stuffed creatures, handmade by Oles, appear in photographs with brief imperative phrases for each letter of the alphabet. "Eat the crust for me," requests a yellow and floral-printed bear with a red button nose. A cat in a pink, lacy dress insists, "Outfit me," while a green bear with a thermometer in its mouth peeks from beneath a blanket: "Take care of me." Enhanced with digital accessories throughout, Oles's goggle-eyed dolls make for whimsically goofy stars, delivering the cozy message about protection, love, and commitment. All ages. (Apr.)