A Jane Eyre Counting Book
An erudite friend, seeking a gift for a brand-new
niece, stumbled upon a Jane Eyre counting book from a series called Baby Lit. This board book, written by
Jennifer Adams with illustrations by Alison Oliver, is clearly intended for wee ones but has an amusingly literary
Each two-page spread contains a number, a category, and illustrations, mainly in
classy subdued hues. For instance, "4 towers" depicts Thornfield Hall with numbered banners flying from the
battlements, and "8 drawings" shows simplified versions of what we can infer are works drawn by Jane (with subjects
ranging from Mr. Rochester to Pilot).
I'm not sure what message a toddler will get from the "9 pearls" page, which
bears the image of a necklace and the quotation "I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart." Start their
emotional maturation young!
While this board book is not a serious work of literature, it's amusing for a
Jane Eyre fan, and it would be a fine gift for any developing young mind.