Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
the book has too many illustrations; bad photographs
am 3. Oktober 1999
Though there are many worthwhile photographs in this book, I felt that many of them were indistinct to my 14-month old child. For example, a photograph of a pillow with pairs of animals on it, simply did not look like a "pillow" and a tube of toothpaste or container of talcum powder without a label or any coloring (re: a generic label) simply does not look like the article trying to be delineated. Also, the illustrations would have better left out, in my opinion--I believe that photographs of real objects should be maintained throughout the book. The actual photos of real animals in the "At the zoo" page, for example, look foolish beside the inferior "illustrations." Surely, photographs could have been obtained for animals such as tigers, buffalo, penguins, etc.
Also, the book seems like it's trying too hard at times. Unnecessary inclusions seemed quite prevalent, as if the "voluminous index" was the aim rather than, simply, a picture book for 0-3 year old children.
Some of the unnecessary inclusions include: cotton swabs (especially the way they are photographed), barette (looks atypical), soap frog (looks like a green frog toy), bubbles, lawnmover (photo would have been great, but illustration is not good), canes for the garden (they look like sticks of incense), traffic circle (another bad illustration), cygnet (swan=okay; cygnet=not okay, too sophisticated), no school bus (in " things that move"), tidal pool (bad illustration and unnecessary addition), "weather" illustrations behind children and bad illustrations re: "seasons"; also, "Actions" section and others with pictures of children doing things are too "chock-full" to be effective; etc.
Again, some photos are nice and my son truly enjoys the book--I'm just voicing some things that I would have omitted and/or done differently for the overall aesthetics of the book. In the end, it seems "overly-ambitious" and some photographs are taken from too far away (the plate of rice is indistinct as is the floor mat, among other items). Also, the colors of "everyday objects" are too colorful to be recognized as objects that one might have in their own home (red and/or black telephone, TV, teapot, placemat, dustpan, mixing bowl, broom, to name a few). Also, the ham looks like it's a week old. Very unappetizing.
Other than all that, the book is quite good. Thank you.