A Book of Babies

A Book of Babies

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by Il Sung Na
     
 

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When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born. Some have lots of brothers and sisters. Some have none at all. Some are born with soft, warm fur, while some are born with smooth scales. Some can walk right away—others need a little help! As with Il Sung Na's previous offerings, A Book of Babies

Overview

When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born. Some have lots of brothers and sisters. Some have none at all. Some are born with soft, warm fur, while some are born with smooth scales. Some can walk right away—others need a little help! As with Il Sung Na's previous offerings, A Book of Babies is filled with rich illustrations, endearing animals, and a spare text—all wrapped up in a gorgeous package.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
PreS—Children are taken on an entertaining, duck-led tour in springtime and given insight into the first day in the lives of eight diverse animals. The babies highlighted have distinct differences right from the start. Some are "only children," while others have many siblings. Some can walk immediately, others cannot. On each beautifully colored spread, the parent of five new ducklings at the book's beginning shows readers the differing capabilities of the other newborn offspring. Na's signature, intriguing illustrations are a delight to peruse with their handmade painterly textures and digitally generated layers. Creatures from Africa, Australia, the Arctic, and the ocean commingle happily and share in the joy of new life.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
If…Il Sung Na hasn't already charmed you with Hide & Seek and A Book of Sleep, his latest book…will probably do the trick.
Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
“When the flowers begin to bloom and the world starts turning green, animals everywhere are born... including the noisy ducklings.” A mother duck whose brood hatches all at once sends the father duck off to look at other animal infants. He dives underwater to view fish babies (“Some have lots of brothers and sisters”), waddles on land to see zebras (“Some can walk right away”), and flies over ice floes to look at polar bear cubs (“some are born with soft, warm fur”). There’s a guessing game implied, too: the names of the animals aren’t given, so readers must supply them. Na’s (Hide & Seek) spreads mix textures and patterns like a series of quilts, punctuating fields of bright color and bold shapes with arabesques and filigree. A fixed horizon line gives the pages the feeling of an unspooling scroll. The golden light of afternoon turns into the orange of sunset as the babies prepare for their very first night (“babies everywhere need their rest”), and the sleepy ducklings settle down, too. Language, tone, and images all combine to create the gentlest bedtime entertainment. Up to age 3. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Kirkus starred review, November 15, 2013
“Sweet, stimulating illustrations offer up baby basics for bedtime.”

The New York Times Book Review
“If the Seoul-born artist Il Sung Na hasn’t already charmed you with Hide & Seek and A Book of Sleep, his latest book . . . will probably do the trick.”

The Boston Globe
“Il Sung Na’s illustrative art is so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.”

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
Every spring brings new life, brighter colors, and a world of discovery to those who venture forth to learn about anticipated changes of the new season. Sweet baby animals are tender reminders of prolific renewal. Growing families relate to first day variations, adjustments, characteristics, and of course unexpected elements as illustrated by splendid, whimsical drawings. Life-sized noisy ducklings romp across several pages. Playful roly-poly bears seem to make their arctic world a warm, cozy place. Daddy proudly carries his baby seahorses in his own pouch. Some babies can tumble along on their own while others must be lifted by the scruff of their necks for a period of time. Of particular interest to young boys and girls is the realization that animal families have similarities to their own family unit. Some have a single child, others have several; some have doting parents, others seem to have only a mother or father. Appearances vary as well from feathers to scales to fur and more. Throughout the lovely book a whimsical duck guides readers across the bold pages to follow spring babies across the globe. Intended for toddlers and to be shared by diverse groups, warm fuzzies abound page after page with warmth in a precious embrace of families. Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-02
Spring arrives, and a neighborly duck leaves his own nest of ducklings to greet new animal babies far and wide. He pops up in unexpected locales, observing infant fish, monkeys, zebras, lions, kangaroos, sea horses, polar bears and lizards--all snuggling with mommies and daddies in their habitats. Children never cease finding pleasure (and embedded reassurance) in domestic scenes brimming with love, which this cozy book provides in spades while also offering up some zoological facts in wonderfully plain language. Every double-page spread highlights differences in animal baby characteristics: Some babies arrive alongside their siblings, some come solo, some ride in their mommy's pouches, some nestle in their daddy's, some can walk right away, some get carried around, some have fur, and some have scales. Undulating rainbow colors, circular patterns and fibrous textures swirl across leaves, animal bodies and sky, creating a lively natural world. Here's evidence that digital tinkering can yield richly layered, cohesive artwork that captures the kaleidoscopic beauty of the animal kingdom, its shadows, lights, colors, textures and shapes. Night falls and finds all the newborns ready for sleep, nudging little readers to shut their eyes too. Sweet, stimulating illustrations offer up baby basics for bedtime. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385752923
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
Lexile:
AD460L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London. A Book of Sleep was his first picture book, followed by The Thingamabob; Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit; and Hide & Seek.

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A Book of Babies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LJCRNA More than 1 year ago
Fun for me too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he deeply stares into her eyes, massaging her insides*