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The Day the Babies Crawled Away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Amazing Artwork

    I haven't actually READ this book, but when I picked it up to look at it in a bookstore, I was amazed by how beautiful the silhouette artwork was! It's absolutely gorgeous, and I'm sure children find it mesmerizing. It really allows your imagination to take over when reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Deserved the Caldecott Award and Others

    Rathman, a well-known author/illustrator (i.e., Officer Buckle and Gloria, a Caldecott Medal winner, and Good Night Gorilla) has created an enchanting and irresistible rhyming tale here. A young boy becomes a hero by rescuing and eventually returning a gang of mischievous, runaway babies to their grateful parents. This unique storyline is beautifully brought to life in even more unique illustrations. The illustrations are almost completely done in silhouette. The entire landscape, the young hero, the adorable and troublesome babies, and all the butterflies, birds, frogs, and bats they encounter are all done in black silhouette. But wonderful, lively colors are introduced into the illustrations. All of the silhouettes are set against beautifully colored, wondrous skies. These amazing skies range from a beautiful, blue green sky with puffy white clouds in the beginning to a rainbow-colored, sunset sky to a stunning, purple night sky filled with lively white fireworks. Preschoolers are sure to enjoy the rhyming text and heroism of someone their own age and be captivated by probably unfamiliar artistic method of silhouette. This book is likely to inspire many to try this style themselves. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 10. I'm shocked that this truly exceptional picture book did not win the Caldecott award in 2004(for the most distinquished American picture book published in the preceding year) or at least get picked as a Caldecott Honor Book (basically a 'finalist'). I'm also surprised that there is no indication of other award it won or should have won. For example, it won the 2004 Northern California Book Award award in the Children's Literature category.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    Fabulous!

    This is a great book. The illustrations are exceptional and striking. The words are in a poetic form and my kids love to 'read' along with me since they are able to remember the words. My little girl, age four, LOVES this book. She asks me to read it almost every night and she never grows tired of it. This is one book I do not get tired of reading to her since it is a cute story and it has beautiful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Kids can really be a part of this story!

    My son loves this book! He gets to pretend that he is the little boy who saves the babies. The silhouettes of every character is perfect for helping develop his imagination, and helps him pretend he's a character in this story. Fantastic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    An absolute MUST have!

    I was given this book as a gift when my now three year-old daughter was just a few months old. It was and still is her all-time favorite. She now "reads" it to her baby sister who is also fascinated by it. The artwork is stunning and there are so many little things to search out in the silhouettes. The story line flows beautifully and is captivating for kiddies and adults alike. This is one you won't get tired of reading night after night!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    My Son's Favorite

    My son (3 years old) and I love to read this book at bedtime. It's his favorite of all of his books. The illustrations are detailed, amazing and beautiful. My son loves to find the outlines of the babies in the trees and in each picture. The text has great rhythm without being too cutesy with the rhyming or too predictable. This is one of the books that I actually enjoy hearing every night, too! We have given this book as a gift many times and we always hear praise back on this one. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Super Read Aloud Book!

    My son and I adore this book!

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