Whose Footprints? by Jeannette Rowe

Jeanette Rowe’s bright simple books are familiar to many readers and pre-readers. Each explores a very simple concept, using repetition to cue responses from young children. In Whose Footprints? the question is repeated on each opening. Sideways flaps open to reveal the animal responsible. Each page is brightly coloured with text in large black letters. Flap colours contrast. Whose Footprints?is a sturdy paperback, designed to withstand repeated readings.

Whose Footprints? follows many other ‘Whose…’ titles from Jeanette Rowe. There have been noses, ears, tails and bellies to find. Each title asks a question and then invites the reader to guess the answer. The brightly-coloured pages and stylised animals introduce young children to various animal characteristics. There are also opportunities for discussion about colours, similarities, differences and more. Great for reading with a child, or for the child to explore on their own. Recommended for the very young.

Whose Footprints? Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books 2009
ISBN: 9780733322587

review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author

Whose teeth? tail? house? by Jeannette Rowe

Jeannette Rowe’s brightly coloured Whose?books are loved and enjoyed by parents and toddlers alike. This bind-up offers three favourite titles in one volume, and in a bigger, sturdier format.

Whose teeth?, Whose tail? and Whose house? have each been successful in their individual releases, and are likely to achieve similar success in this new format. Rowe’s bright, deceptively simple illustrations use plenty of bold colours, and the lift the flap component especially appeals to curious toddlers, making the book interactive.

The hardcover binding makes this especially suitable for gift giving.

Lots of fun!

Whose teeth? tail? house? by Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books, 2006

Whose Family, by Jeannette Rowe

Whose family can you see? Whose family can they be?

Toddlers love interactive books, and with the Whose titles of author/illustrator Jeanette Rowe, there are always plenty of opportunities for interaction. Previous titles, including Whose Ears?, Whose House? and Whose Baby? have proven so popular with littlies that they have sold over a million copies worldwide, and to celebrate, ABC Books have released the ninth title in the series, Whose Family?

Using the same flip the flap format of the earlier titles, Whose Family? uses simple text (the repetition of ‘Whose family?’ on each spread) and enough clues for littlies to be able to guess at the identity of the family under each spread on the first read, and to be able to remember on subsequent reads. There are plenty of fun animal characters and the bold colours for which Rowe is known.

Lots of fun.

Whose Family? by Jeannette Rowe
ABC Books, 2006

Whose Poo? by Jeannette Rowe

Parents who have older children may look at the title of this book and wonder if there is a need for yet another poo book. But those who are familiar with Jeannette Rowe’s other Whose books (including Whose ears? and Whose feet?) will be tempted to look at this one, too, and won’t be disappointed.

There is not a sign of any ‘real’ poo in this one – which is a relief in an illustrated book – with the poo instead being humorous and unexpected. Robot’s poo, for example, is nuts and bolts, whilst rocking horse’s poo is wood shavings. The final picture has a potty-training message with a child pointing into a potty and saying ‘my poo’.

Kids will love the humour and the lift the flap format, while adults will like the simple message about potty training – that it is fun.

Very cute.

Whose poo? by Jeannette Rowe
ABC Books, 2005

Whose nose? feet? ears? by Jeanette Rowe

Reviewed by Magdalena Ball

Jeannette Rowe’s books are vibrant and child friendly, full of big, naïve, and visually appealing pictures with characters like YoYo that young children love instantly. Her lift-the-flap Whose series is very basic and ideal for the youngest children in your family (from about 6 months or so), and parents can really help develop early cognative skills plus a love of books by haming it up and asking the question, “Whose nose?” and then answering “Pig’s nose.” Children really enjoy looking at pictures of animals and as soon as they are old enough to speak, they will begin identifying the owners of noses, feet and ears themselves.

The Whose series was originally created as small individual books, sold in sets of three, but this new compilation has all three books in one large, glossy hardback, perfect for gift giving. Children will love Rowe’s big gold pig with purple dots, her vivid cobalt blue elephant outlined in green and black, her white and pink mouse, the turquoise rhino, and other adorable and unique creatures. This new book is sturdier than the little ones, and as the flaps are a simple fold back, will withstand use from small, chubby fingers just coming to grips with their fine motor skills.

Rowe’s books have now become classics for the youngest children in the house, and this new compilation is very likely to be a favourite. Older children, especially new readers around 4-5 will enjoy reading this to younger siblings, and both will benefit from the confidence building that comes with being able to get the questions right and successfully participate. The books focus on two things that young children know and understand well – body parts and animals, and all three “stories” end with a reference to the child – “my feet,” which parents can make much of by tickling, pointing at the child, and generally having fun. This is a lovely, gorgeously presented book which has been designed to take the kind of heavy use that it will certainly get in any home with young children. A beautiful Christmas present. For more information visit: http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?productid=160658

Whose nose? feet? ears? by Jeanette Rowe ABC Books ISBN 0-7333-1423-6, hardback, 2004

This book first appeared at Preschool Entertainment. It is reprinted here with permission.

Whose? Four Book Set, by Jeanette Rowe

Jeanette Rowe’s Whose Nose?, Whose Ears?, Whose Feet? and Whose Tail?hav already established themselves as popular with the preschool set. Now, though, these titles are available as a four book set in mini-book format.

These four small format lift the flap books with the same colourful illustrations, are packaged in a clear carry bag, adding to their novelty value for youngsters and gift-purchasers alike.

Very cute!

Whose?, by Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books, 2003