×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

About Face
     

About Face

by Cindy Crawford, Paul Harwood (Illustrator)
 

The first language every child learns to speak and read is body language. In this wonderfully playful picture book, one of the most recognized faces in America (along with her young son, Presley) shows us how to use our faces to say just about anything to our young loved ones! Filled with silly sounding onomatopoeic words, this delightful read-aloud will have

Overview

The first language every child learns to speak and read is body language. In this wonderfully playful picture book, one of the most recognized faces in America (along with her young son, Presley) shows us how to use our faces to say just about anything to our young loved ones! Filled with silly sounding onomatopoeic words, this delightful read-aloud will have adults smiling, frowning, wrinkling their noses, and making other funny faces with every line. Infants and toddlers find out how expressive they can be while adults learn that they are most beautiful in their children's eyes when they simply play, listen and laugh together!

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
The Barnes & Noble Review
Baby talk takes on a new meaning in this lively picture book staring supermodel Cindy Crawford. Conceived as a first step in communicating with your baby, this colorful rhyme-and-play book encourages mothers to converse with their little ones. Through sighs, cries, and smiles, and coos, Mom will understand her baby's feelings and expressions. This delightful book also informs moms that they should coo and make funny faces right back at baby, opening the lines of communication. Sound silly? Not really -- babies feel and experience a lot in the first years of their lives. While they cannot speak, their actions and facial expression say it all.

Cindy Crawford appears with her son, Presley, as they make faces and play copycat. Encouraging her son to make kissing faces, as Cindy does, helps bond mother and son closer than ever. Text is written in rhyme, perfect for singing with your child. Adorable babies fill the pages, thanks to photographer Jade Albert. Crying, laughing, or just being silly, these kids run the gamut of human emotion. The charming photos are matched with pastel-colored illustrations, depicting the babes in various states of silliness -- from sitting atop two royal chairs eating ice cream cones to flying on a magic carpet. The story begins and ends with the same comforting verse: "Face to Face, eye to eye, heart to heart, as the years go by."

Further emphasizing the importance of communicating and reading with your child, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Reading Is Fundamental Inc. (RIF). (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
Supermodel Cindy Crawford along with her toddler son, Presley, and a host of other bright-eyed babies puts her best face forward in this picture book designed to facilitate parent-child bonding through facial expressions. Following a note to parents from Crawford, a bouncy text that sometimes speaks directly to the audience ("Hello nose, hello toes; hello lips like a small soft rose.... About face! Now it's your turn. Can you pucker up and kiss my nose?") and weaves over and around carefully posed photographs embellished with pastel spot illustrations. A few examples convey the unpolished writing (for instance, "A smile's just a frown turned upside down can you do it, too?" puts the emphasis on the frown rather than the upbeat smile), but the greeting-card message nonetheless prevails. Throughout, boldly colored backgrounds and a hand-lettered-style typeface that emphasizes key words in bold capital letters, give the action here an appropriately playful look and feel. New parents, especially those who may lack confidence in their read-aloud, play-along skills, will find this title especially inviting. All ages. (Nov.) FYI: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit Reading Is Fundamental. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-A glitzy, but completely artificial, production that touts Cindy Crawford as its big selling point-she "conceived" the idea for this book and her face is liberally sprinkled throughout its pages. Its purported goal is to help parents "lay the groundwork for-open communication" by interacting with their babies. Surrounded by text like, "How about that NOSE? That bright button nose! Can you CRINKLE it, wrinkle it, hinkely-DINKLE it?" or "A SMILE'S just a frown turned upside down," the communication might be off to a rocky start. The book is filled to the brim with photos of adorable babies, most of whom are in fact baby models. They sit on pretend chairs, sport pretend hats, and even hold pretend ice-cream cones. The intended audience, in spite of the overblown preface and afterword, is hard to discern. The text is crowded and jumpy with too many words on a page for a baby to sit still for. And if it's aimed at toddlers and nursery schoolers, the lack of any real plot will leave them with little more than cute words that rhyme. Parents looking for "wordplay and-varied rhythms and rhymes" should open any of the wonderful Mother Goose collections, filled with wonderful language and rhythm. There are many fine picture books for infants-skip this one.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060178307
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/23/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Crawford is an American supermodel and entrepreneur. Katherine O’Leary is a writer and producer.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews