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Look, there’s a Helicopter!, 978-1788000772
Appealing to any small child awakened to the mystery of large forms of transport on land and in the air, these very sturdy board books will fascinate. The peepholes lend a further dimension of fun. These are placed differently on every spread, so toddlers can easily locate each answer to the questions set in the simple, rhyming texts. In the helicopter book, the vocabulary is challenging: mission, loudspeaker, ignition, rescue button and helipad. The story involves the pilot rescuing a family and their dog after their boat has broken down. Each spread, in very bright colours, is full of details, e.g. all the dials in the cockpit, with her co-pilot; a pigeon, watching the day’s rescue with beady eyes. The tractor book unfolds similarly; this time it is a farmer driving around his farm, hunting for his missing hen. The bright pictures add many opportunities for discussion between adult and child readers, and at the end of the tractor book there is a counting page, six peepholes revealing six brand new chicks. Both books would provide great interest to a very young reader.