Baby’s First Zodiac: Discover the Twelve Star Signs with this Adorable Astrology Book for Kids!

Sourcebooks Explore. Jan. 2023. 28p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781728258027.
PreS-K–A warm and cozy introduction to the twelve signs of the zodiac to share with little ones, though it cannot be comprehensive in this format. The board book opens with a brief verse encouraging readers to see if “part of who you are is written in the stars” and presents a basic zodiac wheel chart with the signs and their corresponding birthdates, symbol, and element. Each spread focuses on a single astrological sign, reiterating the information found on the wheel chart plus a short verse meant to highlight typical traits of each sign. The verses are full of possibility and the overall tone is reassuring and encouraging. However, some of the rhymes feel forced and some (e.g., rhyming “crowd” with “around”) do not succeed. Mola fills the pages with soft color and movement. Sharp-eyed readers will notice the planet associated with the sign somewhere in the picture, as well as a cameo of the sign’s symbol; the illustrations for Taurus show a cuddly bull at a tea party and another on an infant’s shirt. The children in the story range from infants to young children and present with a variety of skin tones.
VERDICT Sweet to look at and enjoyable to find the hidden details in the artwork, but a complex topic for this age group.

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