Every baby should receive a nursery rhyme anthology, whether it is to celebrate their birth, their naming ceremony (or religious equivalent) or their first Christmas. They are an essential part of language development as well as developing an ear and love for rhyme and stories.
There are many wonderful nursery rhyme anthologies on the market and one to fit everyone’s taste. But for those after something a little bit different, something bright, and baby and toddler-friendly, the lovely collection illustrated by Kali Stileman is definitely the one for you.
In this compendium, you will find all-time favourite nursery rhymes such as Incy Wincy Spider and Polly Put the Kettle On as well as the whole section on songs and lullabies, including Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and If You’re Happy and You Know It.
Stileman’s style is perfectly suited to books for babies and toddlers. Her use of colour is so utterly cheerful, and bold, which will make it easier for the youngest of readers to focus on. Young audiences will love her use of collage and patterns, which gives an illusion of texture. The artwork is so inviting, little people will want to go back to this charming anthology over and over again.
The padded cover is a lovely touch and make this lovely hardback book the idea gift.
All illustrations © Kali Stileman
Source: review copy from publisher