Book: Red Sled (2011)
Ages: 2-5 Years
In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED will become a wintertime favorite.
This is a really fun picture book. It would be perfect for a toddler who loves books, but can’t quite read themselves, as the story is told entirely without dialogue. There is some text, but only sound effects (“scrunch scrunch scrunch”). For that reason, I actually struggled with reading it to my almost-one-year-old, since he isn’t quite old enough to appreciate the pictures and there wasn’t a lot going on for him to listen to. Next year, though, I know he’ll love it. The animals’ expressions are hilarious and it’s just a funny, sweet winter tale. Highly recommended, even for those adults on your list who still enjoy the pleasures of a good sledding!
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