Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

UPDATED 06/05/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/05/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT


Each heavy-board page of this book has at least one piece snipped out of it, offering a cutaway look into the next page—and the next part of the house. Looking(and poking fingers) through the holes ought to intrigue and offer tactile pleasures to young children—the suggested age range is 3 to 6. The text meanwhile introduces them painlessly to such notions as insulation, which is compared to the cocoons caterpillars sleep inside, and interior designers, whose fees are not discussed. Denice Patrick gracefully adapted the text from an Italian version by Mario Gomboli, who also did the illustrations. They conclude: "The world is big. But having a house is like having a little part of the world all your very own." (Grosset & Dunlap, $9.95)

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