It may go without saying, but I’m a huge fan of Eric Carle. Even before I sought out children’s books with brightly colored, high-contrast illustrations, Carle’s tissue-paper creations had a warm place in my heart. I grew up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I’ve loved reading Carle’s books to my kids.
Peanut spotted Here We Go! while we were looking for gifts for a recent birthday party. This book is perfect for adaptation: it has bright, high-contrast illustrations. It’s a board book, so it’s nice and sturdy. Best of all, however, is that it comes with its own manipulatives and sound box: the book itself is about different machines that go, like planes, trains and automobiles. The bottom is a steering wheel and sound box–every button or indentation on the steering panel makes another fabulous noise that goes along with the illustrations in the book.
This book was a quick braille job–it may have taken me 30 minutes at most. I also brailled the two spots on the steering panel that included letters–I believe they were RPM and WEGO FM (these were a tight fit). The horn works, and each of the indented spots in the panel makes a different noise when pressed.
Here We Go! is a fun read. It has bright, high-contrast pictures and a great noisy toy attached. This is a great book to add to your library–and a good one to practice on if you’re making your own twin-vision books at home.