I wrote a review a while back for Green Spot Blue (a literary and parenting online magazine) around a series of new counting primers for children that use classic literature. They are called BabyLit Books and they are by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. Here is the beginning of my original review.
This doesn’t happen often to me…
When I found these books I immediately had to have them for my daughter for Christmas. Yes, my daughter was only 8-months old at the time so I was being a little too ridiculous in my excitement as I frantically visited book Web site after book Web site trying to find a local store that had copies on their shelves. The idea of these books inspired me to that great an extent that when I finally found copies and had them held it at the front desk, I breathed a sigh of relief.
See, I had to give my daughter her first copy of Pride & Prejudice … Of course, this new version I found is only about counting to ten.
BabyLit Books by Jennifer Adams, with wonderful illustrations by Alison Oliver, is a new series of hard books for young children using great literature as a template for counting instruction. There are two books out in the series at this time. Little Master Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Little Miss Austen’s Pride & Prejudice .
I love the idea behind these books and the illustrations are very charming. They are also filled with subtle humor for both the well-read reader and the newbie.
You can read the rest of the review here. However I would like to add this postscript to the original review:
I have recently purchased for my daughter their newest addition, Jane Eyre and I have to say I am pretty disappointed. While it is cool to say my baby is reading Jane Eyre, the choices that Adams made for counting are pretty weak (Seriously, she counts trees… Trees!); almost making me wonder if she bothered to reread Jane Eyre before writing it, as compared to simply watching it on TV. So my overall review of this series of books is if you (or one of your expecting friends) is the literary/reading type they are fun to buy, but don’t expect more than the illusion that your baby/toddler has a mini-classic library.
-Scott Southard, SDSouthard.com