Fairy tales are all the rage, and even the youngest of fans should be able to get in on the action. With First Stories’ new books, “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” young readers will be able to hear the stories and actually move the characters (or other items) in the books with easy movements.
For example, on the cover of “Rapunzel,” her long golden hair moves up and down via a hole in the board that slides her braid up and down the side of the tower. Because these books are for very young readers, the stories are condensed.
The first double page of the story says, “A baby named Rapunzel, with hair so fair and bright, was taken by a wicked witch, one dark and stormy night.” The illustration shows the parents grieving while the witch bends over the cradle where Rapunzel lays sleeping. With one gentle tug of the tab, the witch and baby disappear and reappear at the open door to the cottage.
The illustrations are fairly cartoonish, but the toddlers who will be enjoying the stories and the moving panels won’t be examining them critically. What they will do is give youngsters a way to access the stories while having some fun moving the parts.
In “Beauty and the Beast,” there is a revolving panel with different food that appears as part of the feast that Beast gives Beauty. Delicious!
Please note: This review is based on the final, board books provided by the publisher, Silver Dolphin, for review purposes.