Title: GQ GQ. Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel's Quail
Author: Sharon I. Ritt
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
This delightful little book is not only fun but is educational as well. The author enriches a child's vocabulary by introducing words that are related to a desert theme. Why focus on the desert you may ask? The main character Georgy, or GQ for short, is a little Gambel's quail and his home is in the Arizona desert. He is a curious little bird and loves to go on an adventure. While on his journey he bumps into cacti, mice, lizards, birds and some new friends along the way. He also becomes aware of the dangers that lurk out there, such as snakes and coyotes. The main lesson he learns is that although his travels are fun and exciting, the best possible place to be is his very own home.
The book explores many methods of learning so a child is able to understand the storyline from different perspectives. It is unique in that it comes with a CD where the author narrates the story and has also included a sing-along version to the tune of "Frere Jacques." At the end of the book Ritt features an illustrated non-fiction section that explains the details of the plants and animals that appear throughout. All-in-all a child will benefit greatly from every educational component included.
The pictures are truly beautiful and capture the expression of GQ perfectly. The colour pallet is gorgeous and the pictures are a huge asset to the overall quality of the book. The book is scheduled for release in June 2013.
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