by Nick Butterworth. Picture Book. 32 pages. Grades PreK-2.
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For the preschool set, I like Nick Butterworth's Making Faces. His earlier One Bear at Bedtime (Little, 1988 ISBN 0 316 41889 7) remains one of my all time favorite counting books. In Making Faces Butterworth has given us something which is half gimmick and half book and, most of the time, I am put off by that combination because the gimmick usually breaks or gives out leaving us with half a whole. This one is more successful than most. In the back, but firmly and cleverly attached to the book is a page sized mirror. We unfold it and can look into it while sharing the book with a young one. The book encourages us to make all kinds of faces showing our feelings in various situations. This could be tedious but in Butterworth's hands it succeeds and should help parent and child explore a lot of positive ways to recognize and express feelings.