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Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1423622057
LANGUAGE: English

" This is a adorably packaged board book that attempts to distill Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into its simplest form. It succeeds at being attractive, but not as much with a narrative, persay. Since many board books have little no to no narrative, this is probably okay, as text and art are still effective anyway. This feels like its for adults, though, to be honest.Suggest to: literary parents " said.

" Some stories are not meant to be retold for babies. There are plenty of ways to do a counting book without trying to make a Shakespearean play squeeze into a pre-set idea. Why try to use this story at all if you have to gloss over how the characters die at the end? I don't get it. Not really for babies; more about the image the baby's parents want to display. " said.

" This book is absolutely cute. It breaks down a class novel and uses the concepts to make it simple for younger children to understand. The art really goes along with the message their trying to get across on each page. Since she does several other classics the same these would be a good step for a young child. This is a good book for babies to start with and work up to a 2 year old. Great for kids who love classics but aren't reading them yet. " said.

" This is a adorably packaged board book that attempts to distill Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into its simplest form. It succeeds at being attractive, but not as much with a narrative, persay. Since many board books have little no to no narrative, this is probably okay, as text and art are still effective anyway. This feels like its for adults, though, to be honest.Suggest to: literary parents " said.

" Any resemblance to the real story is purely coincidental! This series is silly! (Funny silly or ridiculous silly... you be the judge) They take classic and put it at a baby level. So Jane Eyre becomes a counting book 1) Balcony 2) loves etc so it is really nothing to do with the actual story...but I guess if you want to expose your 3 month old to Romeo and Juliet... Here you go...just don't expect them to use this book for their High School Book Report " said.

" First of all, Romeo and Juliet isn't really baby appropriate. Secondly, not done that well. The biblophile in me wants to love these books, but I just can't. I dislike that they are really for adults, and do not focus on what babies and toddlers would like to read. There is something to be said for making a book that will make parents excited to read to their children, but that is a non-issue with literature lovers. " said.

"Originally published on my blog, Nine Pages .

I’d like this BabyLit primer better if the numbered items corresponded better to the story. Unless there actually are ten kisses (I found five in a cursory search of the text)? BabyLit counts eight love letters never sent by either Romeo or Juliet, and nine streets and bridges, which seems highly unlikely in a city the size of Verona (modern-day Verona certainly has more than nine bridges over the Adige). Oliver’s illustrations, however, are as cleverly detailed and whimsical as ever.
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"Try not to judge me too hard, but I fell in love with these adorable baby board books while babysitting this past weekend, and I was deeply saddened that the children I had knew how to count and stuff. I'm a sucker for things like this, too, even though I don't want to be, and the sampler-esque feel to the Austen cover and the paper doll-style art of both books just charmed me from the start.

So, how nuanced can a counting book be, right? About half of each book is specific to the story (four marriage proposals, from the Austen, for example, or five friends, from the Shakespeare) and the other half is general cutesy kid-ness (seven horses or eight musicians, whatever). (And yes, I did pose my pictures, only because my table was a crumb-laden mess and how pretty would that have been??) (And finally, my favorite page from the Austen book: ten.) Adorbs! So, not a ton of substance, but a bunch of cute, which works for me.

(They're coming out with Jane Eyre, too. I kind of can't wait.)

I judge their tag line, however: "Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your baby to the world of classic literature." Really? Fashionable? I didn't know there was an unfashionable way to introduce my baby to classic lit, but then again, I'm not the trendy one of my circle.
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