Author(s): Harriet Ziefert
A full-size illustration of an animal appears on one side of the card. On the other side is a smaller illustration and the word for that animal in three languages--English, French, Spanish. An adult plays with a child who is learning to talk by showing him or her the picture and then encouraging the repetition of the word in any or all of the three languages. If the child is a bit older, the adult can point out the letters that form the words and ask that child to say them, too. A child with some basic letter or reading proficiency could also use the cards on his or her own to learn the words. Once the child has gained some grasp of the words, the adult can have the child guess or remember the words by just showing the picture without showing the words (at first). Letting the child have fun being noisy is a big part of this acitivity's appeal. Adults should encourage the child to shout, or whisper, or sing the words--depending on each particular child's personality and natural inclinations. The illustrations are both intricate and spare, perfect for holding younger children's focus.
Born in Cambodia, Huy Voun Lee arrived in New York City at the age of six. From the onset, she loved art and creating illustrations with scissors, construction paper, and a tube of glue. She went on to study formally at New York's School of Visual Arts. In her professional career, Huy's accomplished cut-paper illustrations have been featured in a range of picture books, some of which she also wrote. She is also adept at origami and has created many children's art projects. The author lives in New York, NY.