I received a review copy of a writer friend’s book from Sleeping Bear Press called Little California. As you can see by the cover above, it’s an eye-catcher. This 5″x7″ board book is like looking at over-sized postcards of California. The idea of the book is to introduce very young readers to features of California including the state flower and tree, with short riddles that require the reader to guess the answer. When the reader turns the page the answer is revealed in brightly rendered illustrations by Helle Urban. The riddles were written by Helen Foster James who lives in San Diego, California. I would have liked to have seen the parade riddle at the end of the book rather than in the middle of the riddles about nature subjects, and a riddle about Hollywood, but the book does a great job capturing California in 10 images. I’ll be sending this one to a little California girl who it’s just perfect for.