If I have learned one thing as a parent of two young (3 and 1 1/2) kids, it's that flaps rule. Snaps, too. Mirrors are magic, and handles don't hurt either. Do you see where this is going? My kids, and I know they are not alone, love books that let them get involved. Incorporating all of these extras is not breaking new ground, but making them part of a purse's interior is pretty slick. After all, what kid can resist digging through an object that is usually off limits?
What's in Your Purse? takes a look inside the purses of an extended family of women, spanning three generations. Each 'page' is a new purse to be opened and explored, and there are a few questions about the contents of each to keep the older kids on their toes. The flaps inside serve a variety of functions, such as the lid of a glasses case or the cover of a passport.
My daughter has yet to tire of meticulously opening each flap to see what is inside. But even beyond the flaps, there are fun details that she is still discovering, like the chocolate bar in the youngest girl's purse, or the hip aunt's ticket to see 'The Red Foxes' (no doubt a very cool underground indie-rock band about to blow up and make it big).
Samoun and Dion have succeeded in bringing an interesting concept to life. The breezy modern artwork matches the overall clever feel of the book. As a dad, this is one purse I have no qualms about holding in public.
Title: What's In Your Purse?
Author: Abigail Samoun
Illustrator: Nathalie Dion
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2014)
Age group: Three and up
Best for kids who: are into fashion, flaps, and snooping in bags
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon:
What's In Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun, illustrated by Nathalie Dion
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