Flaps Are Fun

Flaps make our board books interactive. Zelda enters the story and contributes to the plot when she peeks behind flaps to reveal hidden illustrations. We can’t get enough of these flap books, even though we definitely know what’s under all the flaps. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell This classic by Rod Campbell is a must-have for every child’s library. The narrator asks the zoo for a pet but is not quite satisfied with each animal that is sent. The elephant is too big (of course); the giraffe is too tall (what did they expect?). The illustrations and accompanying flaps give little readers the chance to guess which animal has just arrived. We in the teaching biz call this “making inferences.” Where’s Maisy?┬áby Lucy Cousins Zelda received this book prior to an airplane ride, and we probably read it a dozen times per flight. It’s not a long book, so you can imagine how difficult it was for Zelda’s parents to read it each time with the appropriately surprised-sounding voice inflection when we did, indeed find Maisy once again. (Zelda’s Mommy doesn’t reread suspense novels because the fun is gone when she already knows how it ends, so “looking for Maisy”…