Jane Foster's 123
By Jane Foster
Published by Templar Publishing
This board book is part of a new range by leading textile designer, Jane Foster. There are two books in the range, 123 and ABC. I had the pleasure of getting my hands on 123.
The board book has Jane's textile background stamped all over it. The first thing I noticed was the colour palette. The colours are mostly pastels, with the illustrations adorning Jane's trademark black bold outlines. Jane's patterns feature throughout, adding texture to plain solid colours. I also adore the varnish added to all the illustrations and text, encouraging the child to touch and feel the big bold numbers and the illustrations.
Like all 'numbers' books this one features an image beside each number. Jane has used animals, plants and familiar objects - all of which young children should respond to.
At the end of the book there is a summary of all 10 numbers with the illustrations displayed beside them. My favourite part is the spread afterwards, a rocket blasting off after the all important countdown - a great idea to finish off. Overall a lovely way to introduce numbers in a bold and stylish way.
Jane Foster's 123 is available to buy in all good bookshops and online on the Templar website.