Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

This is a wonderfully, lighthearted book to share with a child. It's the story of a boy and a jovial bear who rollick through Berryland together. Jamberry builds quickly in language complexity, starting with "One berry, Two berry, Pick me a blueberry," and working up to "Raspberry, Jazzberry, Razzmatazzberry, Berryband, Merryband, Jamming in Berryland." The text is fast paced and actually has a very "Seussian" quality to it. The illustrations are full of unique and quirky details, for example using crackers and butter instead of lily pads in the pond! It's just a fun book for children of all ages. The publishers suggest that it's appropriate for children between the ages of 4-8 years, but I've had 18-24 month olds just love the book and request it again and again.

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