20 First Words in 20 Languages by Odd Dot
The 66% jump in juvenile nonfiction unit sales was led by the education/reference/language segment, where sales soared 186% over the previous week. Jim Milliot. Print Units Held Steady Last Week, Publishers Weekly. March 26, 2020
Photographs of infants illustrating simple words beginning with "hello" and ending with "goodbye" bookend images of familiar individuals, objects, and concepts.
Almost square dimensions with a generous eight-inch height, the chunky volume can rest in a lap for shared exploration. It also works well spread on any hard surface including a low table or floor for kids who want to interact with the book on their own.
Here's the twist: Embedded in each page is a wheel with sprockets, making it easy to rotate and learn the equivalent name in a wide variety of languages. Words are displayed using the language's specific alphabet or writing system. Pronunciation approximation is given in parenthesis.
It’s a book with multiple possibilities. Old and young will enjoy exploring these pages together. The creative minds at Odd Dot have developed another winner.
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