This is a special book review for The Multicultural Children’s Book January 28, 2019, whose mission it is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. This is my fourth year participating as a reviewer.
Lejos Far by Juan Felipe Herrera; Illustrated by Blanca Gómez
This is a sweet, simple, bi-lingual board book that examines the perspective of distance, far as in relation to a child’s understanding of what they can see. This is very clever and automatically elicits a sensation of trust and safety as a child begins to explore the world, that which is near and that which is far. Very very nice color pallet which is both soft yet rich and calming: earthy, sky-bound, water colors. The illustrations are charming and just detailed enough. I just loved the round body shape of the child- it really embodied childhood. The father is made of great varied shapes and they contrast so well against the city, ocean, mountain, and farmland backgrounds.
The simple bi-lingual, Spanish/English story-line helps to build language skills and spatial awareness in a very relatable way. It offers an accessible way to introduce both Spanish & English through a simple yet engaging early word book.
Love it! It will definitely be on my “what to give as a shower gift list!”
Thank you to Candlewick Press for sending me this book as part of 2019’s Multicultural Book Day event. All opinions expressed are my own.
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