Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, author/illustrator
Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Baby Animals Spots & Stripes, Animals in Camouflage, and Animals Black and White.
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- ABA Pick of the Lists
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
Dramatic black-and-white illustrations will capture even the youngest child's interest in this bold new board book.
Tildes capitalizes on the current theory that the contrast of black and white is the most appealing to infants. Each page features an extreme close-up of a baby animal face: rabbit, puppy, zebra, seal, panda, and more. The final page, done in colorful pastels, reveals a young baby laughing up at a mobile composed of all the animals found in the previous pages. The detailed, precise illustrations provide a sound introduction to the animal kingdom, and that last ingenious scene conveys a sense of story impossible in other, similar concept books. A versatile book that is surely due for repeated viewings, and one to be shared by babies and their preschool-age siblings.
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With growing interest in reading to children at earlier ages, there seems to be a shortage for basic, gentle, simple books for the youngest of all "readers." This black and white board book is just wonderful. The illustrations are large and very irresistible.
Head-shot drawings of eight young animals decorate the pages of this endearing board book. The artist, working in black-and-white, has chosen creatures (a dalmatian, a panda) that are black and white themselves--a sly set-up for a colorful surprise on the last page.
Page count: 10
6 x 6