Let’s Be Kind
Let’s Go Outside
Written and Illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan
Workman Publishing 3/31/2020
12 Pages Age 0—2
Genre: Children’s Board Books, Fiction
Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents, Indestructibles are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths) and are:
- Rip Proof—made of ultra-durable tight-woven material
- Waterproof—can be chewed on, drooled on, and washed!
- Emergent Literacy Tool—bright pictures and few or no words encourage dialogic reading
- Portable—lightweight books can go anywhere, perfect for the diaper bag and for travel
- Safe for Baby—meets ASTM safety standards (from publisher)
Book 1: Indestructibles: Let’s Be Kind
Themes: Family, Kindness, Manners
Let’s be kind—and share our toys.
Let’s be kind—and help around the house.
Let’s be kind—and always say “Goodnight.”
Learn your very first manners in a book that’s INDESTRUCTIBLE.
INDESTRUCTIBLES are built for the way babies “read:” with their hands and mouths. INDESTRUCTIBLES won’t rip or tear and are 100% washable. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend. (from publisher)
“How can we be kind today? ‘Good morning!’ [said Mom] ‘Hi,baby!’ [said big brother] ‘Woof!’ [said the doggie]”
Why I like Let’s Be Kind
One thing you immediately notice with Let’s Be Kind is the skin tones of the various characters. The tones range from light to dark, mostly with some shade of brown. Children have a circle of red on their cheeks. This looks okay on the first couple of pages, but on successive pages looks odd. The circle is perfect, the color never changes, and it draws your eye right to it. This aside, the characters are cute and are as kind as little angels are.
The text is simple yet gets the message across: say please and thank you; use manners; and always be helpful and kind. There are many objects for babies and toddlers to see and identify (or point to). Few words also encourage parents to make up the dialogue and can change it to meet whatever need is currently pressing or as the child grows older. Let’s Be Kind is a pleasant entry book for babies and toddlers.
Book 2: Indestructibles: Let’s Go Outside
Themes: Nature, Exploring, Family
Look up at the BIG BLUE sky.
SPLISH in the water just like a fish.
Take a walk and STRETCH like the tall, tall trees.
Enjoy the wonders of nature in a book that’s INDESTRUCTIBLE.(from publisher)
“Look up at the big, blue sky!”
Why I like Let’s Go Outside
Let’s Go Outside combines the outdoors and nature with exercise. The various characters are looking at the tall trees and then stretching like a tree. They watch the fish swimming in a pond and the overhead blue sky. Kids are encouraged to explore, to touch, and to explain what they see. For parents wanting to encourage their toddler to go to a park or the zoo, Let’s Go Outside will help make your case.
The characters are of various skin tones, some are with mommy and some with daddy. They hike, explore, and swim (complete with safety wings). It is a beautiful day through out. Children have many things to see and name. Plants and animals are on each spread. For toddlers beginning to explore their world beyond home will love Let’s Go Outside. For toddlers wanting to encourage their parents to go outside or to the playground, Let’s Go Outside will help make their case.
Why I like Indestructible Books
The amazing aspect of Let’s Be Kind and Let’s Go Outside (all the Indestructible books), is just that: they are not destructible. I tried to rip and tear the pages and could not. A steady hand and very sharp scissors can cut the pages (not easy to do). Kids could not use safety scissors and cut through the “paper.” The paper is a synthetic material made from polyethylene fibers. The product does not let water pass through so liquids will not hurt the book. The product also feels like paper. Most importantly, the material is safe and nontoxic. However babies choose to interact with the books, they will be safe.
Pour water—or slobber—on these books and nothing is ruined. Papers stay in perfect shape and colors do not run or fade. Babies tend to put everything they handle into their mouths. It is a way for them to explore an object. They can do that with Indestructible books. Babies teething can chew on the book without biting off any part, so nothing ends up in their mouth or throat. Siblings can fight over the book, each pulling on a piece to make it theirs, and the book will not tear in two. At the end of the day, or any time before, mom (or dad), can wash the pages without damaging the book.
Indestructibles have two things going for them: 1. the books are inexpensive and 2. they grow with your child. As of today (3-25-2020) each book costs between $2.99 and $5.99 (at Amazon). As babies grow, the book means something different. About every three months during year one, a baby’s interaction needs with a book will change. The first 12 months babies like hearing your voice, (a parent’s voice is equivalent to safety) and watching you turn pages, touch and then explore with their mouth, and then babies want to turn the pages. The second year, objects are recognized, pointed out, and named. Toddlers will begin talking about what the characters are doing and at around 2 years old, toddlers will ”read” on their own by making up stories about the pictures and characters they see. And then those wonderful picture books enter their lives.
Indestructibles are ingenious little books. With the continual release of new titles, the library of Indestructibles is ever growing. Currently there are 41 selections, including the new English—Spanish titles to feed your little one’s brain with a second language. Indestructibles are winners!
Classic Nursery Rhymes (9) Baby’s 1st Words (4
Frere Jacques Baby Babble
Hey Diddle Diddle Baby Faces
Hickory Dickory Dock Baby Night-Night
Humpty Dumpty Baby Peekaboo
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Baby at Home (6) Infant Books (6)
Baby Animals Creep! Crawl!
Home Sweet Home Flutter! Fly!
Let’s Eat! Jungle Rumble!
Love You, Baby Mama and Baby!
Things That Go! Plip-Plop Pond!
Welcome, Baby Wiggle! March!
Indestructibles: Let’s Be Kind & Indestructibles: Let’s Go Outside. Copyright © 2020 by Indestructibles Inc. Illustrations Copyright © 2020 by Ekaterina Trukhan. Published by Workman Publishing Co. Inc., New York, NY.
Copyright © 2020 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
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