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Picture This by Alison JayPicture This… by Alison Jay

Published by Templar Publishing

Pages: 40

Ages: Newborn and up

Publishers Summary: Words and images combine on each page of this breathtaking picture book to create an introduction to everyday words that children and their parents will want to return to again and again. With a wealth of detail, Jay has created a series of pictures where elements cleverly reappear from spread to spread, providing a timeless book to share.

Happy LittlebugSweet Littlebug: “Again! Again! Doggie, where’s the doggie!? Oh, and the Bee!!!? This is definitely my favorite book…EVER! Especially the pages with the flower, the kittie and the BEE! If I could talk my mom into reading this book all day long I would sit down in her lap and giggle the whole day away.

“When I do get her to read it to me (let’s just say it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of about 12 to 20 times a day, wish it was more!) I take her pointer finger and point at all the pretty pictures. As I do this, she tells me what all the pictures are and I’m already starting to learn to say most of the words she’s taught me. This is one of the best books my mom has ever brought home, I just love it!”

Picture This... by Alison Jay

Illustration from Picture This... by Alison Jay provided by Templar Publishing

Mom’s Two Cents: Picture This… is by far one of Littlebug’s favorite books ever and I couldn’t be happier about it. When I originally saw this book online I purchased it almost more because I loved the beautiful illustrations and then hoped that Littlebug would also fall in love. Well, it was a match made in heaven for us both. Littlebug especially loves sitting with me to read it to her and tickle her when we get to the picture with the BEE! I’m in love with it because not only is it a beautiful book, but also I am able to share in the joy it brings to her little face, the very beginnings of reading love.

“Alison Jay’s artwork is beautiful! One of the more remarkable things about this book in particular is how each of the pages connect with the others. From the front cover to the very last page you find some piece that connects. As you can see in the above interior artwork, the image of the flower on the left (as well as the cat in the bottom corner) is carried over into the image on the right with the bird carrying the flower in his mouth. From this image you see an airplane in the background that’s carried onto the very next page. It’s truly brilliant! In a book without many words, there’s a connection just through the images on the page directly to your mind.

“Without a doubt, I would recommend this book to every parent of a newborn and older. It’s simple beauty carries itself throughout each page and connects to young and old readers alike. Beyond being simply beautiful, Picture This… is a book I love reading with my Littlebug. The excitement on her face when she finds it on the shelf each day is more than enough of a reason for me to read it to her almost two dozen times a day (and I’m not exaggerating at all). This is a book we will have in our home for years to come and one I will gladly pass on to Littlebug when she has her own Littlebug in many years from now.”

This book was purchased for our home library. All images were provided courtesy of Templar Publishing. Thank you! Make sure to visit their website or follow them on twitter.
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15 Responses to Picture This… by Alison Jay

  1. Seriously, the things Alison Jay can do with a blank piece of paper…
    .-= Sarah @´s last blog ..Let the bed-head begin! =-.

  2. Wow the art is so pretty it could be framed.
    You’re little ones are so beautiful!
    You’ve very blessed 🙂
    .-= Juju at Tales of´s last blog ..The Friday 56: Either You’re In or You’re In the Way =-.

  3. Janelle says:

    Alison Jay is simply AMAZING! We own several of her books.
    .-= Janelle´s last blog ..Full to the Brim – Kid’s Book Giveaway List (5/14/2010) =-.

  4. Gina says:

    Lovely post…it’s glad to hear from Littlebug again. Such a cute picture too! The book artwork also seems to go right along with your background picture…interesting. Seems like a wonderful book to delight little ones….

    Also…dropping in to let you know….you’ve got an award waiting at my site!

    Have a great weekend…and happy reading!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..It’s that time again…BLOG AWARDS! =-.

  5. NotNessie says:

    I LOVE the cover. Would pick this book up based on that alone.
    .-= NotNessie´s last blog ..Fun Finds: Papercuts =-.

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  7. Sarah – Isn’t she fabulous?! All of the books I’ve seen by her have been spectacular.

    Juju – I would love to have some of her artwork framed for Littlebug’s room. Maybe someday…and thank you! I think they’re pretty cute too, but I’m a bit biased. 🙂

    Janelle – Couldn’t agree more!

    Gina – Thank you so much for the award! And yep, I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the artwork is so similar, my tastes in art all kind of blend together after awhile.

    NotNessie – I know! That’s all I saw of it originally, the cover…just gorgeous!

  8. What a gorgeous book and illustrations!! I can’t wait to check it out!! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Mary Elizabeth´s last blog ..New Link Party I Discovered!! =-.

  9. WOW LOVE your blog I have a blog where I blog childrens (sometimes adult) books and activities! I’m adding you to my google reader!

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  11. Thanks for the great recommendation! I will put that one on hold right away. You have a super blog. =)
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