Annalise’s Up and Down Day by Denise L Jenne and illustrated by Julie Iannone, picture e-book, published by Gill Publishing in 2015.
Annalise is a little girl exploring the meaning of up and down throughout her day. She gets up in the morning and starts a wonderful summer day, experiencing nature, play and family.
Each page of Annalise’s Up and Down Day shows something that is up and something that is down. It’s repetitive nature will assist in reinforcing the concept of the opposites, down and up. It is a fun way to cover basic ideas, and I can easily see a series of Annalise books covering other opposites.
The language and text are very simple and easy to read, suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. My toddlers liked this book, and engaged by telling me which item was up or down on the pages.
There was something about the illustrations that didn’t quite appeal to me. The pictures are detailed watercolour paintings, but I think Annalise’s face or hair isn’t consistent throughout the book, and this threw me. I guess it’s not really that important, my kids didn’t seem bothered at all. Some of the pages were split to show “up” on one side and “down” on the other. I preferred the pages that weren’t split.
Annalise’s Up and Down Day is a nice and simple book to share with a child.
*I received this book as a digital copy from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.