Two Long Ears by Jacob A. Boehne
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Release Date: January 28th, 2016
Board Book, Body, Preschool
Print (24 pages, SCHIFFER PUBLISHING)
Along with learning to count from 1 to 10, in these charming pages children and their adults can explore the many ways people decorate their bodies. With its fun pictures and words, the book is a simple way to start talking about accepting differences, from piercings to tattoos. The illustrations are inspired by traditional tattoo designs as well as not-so-traditional body modification styles. Also included is a full-color wall poster that offers a color-it-yourself version on the back. Introducing kids to a culture that's rarely displayed in other materials, this is a perfect resource for early childhood educators, parents, and all adults who value diversity. (0-4)
Totally cool! (5 stars)
I'm a big fan of books for children that approach counter and sub cultural lifestyles because kids are naturally curious and often far more accepting of differences and uniqueness than their adult counterparts. My daughter is a little old for Two Long Ears but since she's learning to read we enjoyed looking at the pictures together as she read the words to me. She has been raised with body piercings and tattoos as being completely normal so I really liked that we were getting to see them portrayed in a fun and educational manner suitable for very young children.
I really loved Boehne's art style here, the vivid colors and friendly faces were perfect for the target age group. I would very much recommend this as a gift for a new baby in a family that embraces body modification or for a preschooler who simply finds such a form of self expression fascinating.