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Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1423622057
LANGUAGE: English

" A board book adults will appreciate. Numbers are introduced beside symbols and characters from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Not my first choice for a recommendation when a parent/caregiver asks for a counting book, more a recommendation to the parent/caregiver who has read a million board books and is looking for something fresh and clever. " 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.

" 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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