Book Review: Toddler books by Leslie Patricelli

Recently I was sent two books by Leslie Patricelli: Baby Happy, Baby Sad, and Higher, Higher. Both books have very simple repetitive words and bright line drawings. When John first read them to our 4 and 6 year old girls, he and I were underwhelmed. I remarked that the books were probably meant for younger toddlers, and we set them aside.

But here’s the funny thing: for the past 3 days, our 4 year old has brought me those books She sits and ‘reads’ the books to me, obviously loving the predictability of the simple story. Her enjoyment of the books caused me to revise my initial opinion — if my daughter is any judge, they are winners for the preschool aged set.

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  1. Casey @ Finding Beauty says:

    my 2 year old has these books and we read them daily. we have yummy yucky and quiet loud. both have been great teaching tools and have boosted his vocabulary. they are his favorite books and while yes, they are underwhelming to me too, he adores them. i think the repetition is annoying, but he love it! 🙂

  2. Always good to find books that the kids want to read to you, almost more important than finding ones they want you to read to them.

  3. We were given Quiet Loud, and my 3 year old LOVES it. I don’t know what it is, but it definitely does appeal to her.

  4. We too love the Leslie Patricelli books! We get them from our library, which is really nice. Ever since Z was 6 months old, he has loved the Quiet LOUD book, which I make little noises for each page, and the first 2 pages say, “Whispering is quiet…AND SCREAMING IS LOUD” and even at 6 months, when I would say that to him, he would grin….so cute! 🙂 We loved Yummy & yucky, too. 🙂

  5. I’m always on a quest for GOOD books; amazing how many mediocre ones are out there. Thanks! 🙂