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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Lemon Tart is Book 3 in D.A. Batrowny’s children’s series, The Artt of Early Learning. This series is designed for parents who may want to work with their children as their first teachers. Artt is going with his mother for his first day at nursery school. She’s brought a lemon tart for the nursery school teacher, Miss Parson. Once Artt’s in the nursery, he sees the other children there. They’re each playing with their favorite things, and Onyx, Miss Parson’s dog, is also in the room with them. When it’s time for a nap, the tired children settle in to sleep, but Onyx is not at all sleepy. He sees the children’s favorite things lying there and decides to add them to his pile of toys. When the kids wake up, they start to cry when they realize their things are gone, and events get even more complicated after that. The author provides an appendix which contains a listing of the things that many children at the age of 13 months can and cannot do, and a list of things that parents can do to promote their child’s development.
D.A. Batrowny’s children’s book, The Lemon Tart, The Artt of Early Learning, Book 3, is an entertaining and informative guide designed to help parents get involved in their children's early childhood development. The author’s story highlights the different stages of development reached by each of the children at the nursery school, and how they react to the situation that occurs after their favorite things disappear. The story is appealing and funny, and Diana M. Hernandez’s illustrations perfectly fit the mood of the panels. Artt is a marvelous character who is clearly on the upper end of development for his age. His discovery of the lemon tart and clever plan to pacify the other children is inspired. Batrowny’s book gives parents guidelines to chart their children’s development and shows them how to take an active part in that process. Sharing this book with a child should also prove to be an enjoyable reading experience for both parent and child. It’s most highly recommended.