Toddler-PreS—Dodd is back with two early learning companions that help teach emotional concepts to young children. Both feature a parent/child pair: two bunnies in Love, and two otters in Together. Each title is quiet and reassuring in its message to young children of being loved and the importance of spending time together. Take the following from Love: "Sometimes love is quiet and it needs no words at all/Love is there to catch you when you are about to fall." Or this passage from Together: "Today we had a joyful day. We both learned something new/I taught you lots of things I know and learned so much from you." Digital artwork features warm gradations of soft blues, sage greens, and lavender hues. Every other spread is embellished with golden (Love) and silver (Together) accents that offer a touch of sparkle. VERDICT These sweet stories are well suited for lap sharing and one-on-one readings, over and over again.—Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
About the Author
Emma Dodd was brought up in a family of artists, and from as far back as she can remember she has wanted to be an illustrator. She has worked extensively in advertising, editorial, and book illustration. Among Emma’s favorite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality, and Scrabble. Things she cannot abide include heights, paté, and children who complain that they are bored. "How can you ever be bored," she says, "when you can always draw a picture?"