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Fhiona Galloway

Author of Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men

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Works by Fhiona Galloway

Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men (2015) — Illustrator — 57 copies
Zoom (My Little World) (2014) — Illustrator — 54 copies
Where's the Pumpkin? (2015) 42 copies
Fall Is Here! (2015) 29 copies
Tall and Short (My Little World) (2014) — Illustrator — 17 copies
Look Through: Animals (2016) 14 copies
Follow Me: Animal Faces (2016) 6 copies
Look Through: Sea (2016) 4 copies


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Look Through: Things that Go missed the mark for me. The goal of the book is to teach the vocabulary of "things that go." For that purpose, I would have wanted to see photographs instead. On the flip side, however, I think this book could be used to teach shapes by pointing out the shape of each cutout or discussing the shapes that make up each image. That could even lead to drawing your own "thing that goes." For shapes, this is a good book.

Recommended age: 1-3 years

Writing style: This book contains only a large label for each of the images.

Illustration style: The illustrations are based almost entirely on basic shapes like circles, rectangles, and triangles. The book contains 3D cutouts and raised shapes to help engage babies. As for the drawings, this makes them come across as cartoons, but without any giant eyes or smiles. The images stay realistic in that way.

Reality-based: Partially. The book lists different forms of transportation, but the drawings take away from the realism.
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mommyonthespectrum | Jun 11, 2023 |
a small book about the different aspects of fall: holidays, weather, animals
1 books
TUCC | Jan 25, 2017 |
All the animals jump into their brightly colored cars to race to the finish! Who will win?

This board book is constructed with increasing smaller "finger holes" - cutouts in the pages where a child could place his or her fingers while listening to the book and/or to turn the pages. Honestly, these aren't really all that exciting and probably don't promote as much interaction as intended. But the book is interesting enough without that. The book features a lot of colors, animals, and different vehicles with corresponding identification in the text. The story is a little bit of an update on the Aesopian fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," but with slightly less preaching.

While the board book construction makes it seem like this book is for very young readers, it is more text heavy than some other board books. So it may be better suited for older toddlers and preschoolers than for infants and younger toddlers, but that of course is always dependent on the individual child or group of children.
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sweetiegherkin | 1 other review | Oct 18, 2015 |
Two books today! These delightful board books are bright, colorful, and appealing to babies and toddlers. They combine a whole slew of different things - concepts, animal sounds, rhyming text, and tactile interest - to make the uses for these books limitless.

In Roar, each page features a different animal, a rhyme, and a clue to the next animal. For example, "Frog croaks a worried CROAK! and hops into the air./Which tiny animal has given him a scare?" shows a surprised looking frog on the page facing the text. Follow the direction of his eyes (developing eye movement!) and at the bottom corner under the text you see a curly tail and a bit of cheese. Turn the page and there's a mouse. All the animals' mouths are thick, die-cut holes starting out with the biggest for the lion and ending with the smallest for the frog. The mouse ends the story by yelling into a megaphone and showing that he was the animal all the others were scared of. The font emphasizes the name and sound of each animal and there are vivid colors and shapes incorporated into the book as well as the sounds, holes to trace, and seek-and-find activities.

Zoom has a similar format, but features two die-cut holes, forming the tires of various vehicles being driven by animals. Each rhyme emphasizes an animal and a color and each animal boasts of being the fastest as they whizz by in vehicles with smaller and smaller wheels until turtle finally wins the race in his rainbow car. There are some numbers incorporated into the text as the animals talk about who will be first or second, but not in any organized fashion. Many of the vehicles make some kind of noise as well.

The books are solid, chunky 7.5 squares. The black spine on the back lists the different developmental skills that the book promotes.

Verdict: I think these will be a hit not only in baby storytime but also on our shelves. Highly recommended.

ISBN: 9781589255944; Published 2014 by Little Tiger Press/Tiger Tales; Purchased for the library

ISBN: 9781589255937; Published 2014 by Little Tiger Press/Tiger Tales; Purchased for the library
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JeanLittleLibrary | 1 other review | Aug 3, 2014 |


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