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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
I Wonder is an imaginative children’s book told in rhyme about animals, including several which are rare or endangered. Written and beautifully illustrated by Regina Sparrow, it features silly situations that are guaranteed to cause some laughs and giggles as a parent reads the book to a younger child, or a reading age child enjoys it alone. There are pronunciation guides and explanations for less common words to help both parents and children. Pages with activity suggestions and information about the animals are placed at the end of the book to expand a child’s awareness and knowledge about these species as well as to warn children not to approach animals they don’t know and to avoid contact with wild animals; good reminders for everyone’s safety.
In I Wonder, Sparrow has given us an entertaining and educational storybook for young children. The rhymes help build language skills and vocabulary in a fun way, and the colorful and detailed illustrations add to the child’s understanding of the word meanings. I don’t know which is my favorite, but being partial to chickens, pandas and zebras, I certainly enjoyed the illustrations that accompanied: “I wonder, should you listen to chickens chat or put a hat on a bat? Where do pandas dance and what makes zebras prance?” In them, a family of chickens on one page faces a panda, zebra, and bat on the other. The animals are depicted with friendly expressions and adorable poses. The rooster, one of his chicks, and the panda are looking off the page at the reader, engaging the child in their activities. This is a fun and informative book for any child.