Remember when you could pull an all-nighter in college, go to a day full of classes, a kegger that night, and you felt just fine? Me neither. I am still a little off from my weekend without sleep, most noted by my lack of reading ability. I’m finding this week’s People magazine to be a little too deep.
So, picture books it is, folks. In this case the very cute book A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo, by Joanne Ryder. The nonfiction story follows the pair of orphaned polar bears in their new home at the San Diego Zoo. The pictures are absolutely adorable. Let me hear you say Awwwwwwwww. But what I like best about this book are the two layers of text throughout. The most basic story is told in the bold text and the details are in smaller italic text. This wonderful invention gives parents the option of chosing at what level to read this book, depending on the age of their children or how much time is left before bedtime.
The same structure, and cute photos, were employed in the first book like this, Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. I loved the idea then with a two- and a five-year-old, and I love it now five years later.