Babies Are Coming!

Babies Are Coming!

by Amy Hest, Chloe Cheese
     
 
From an author The Horn Book has called "a remarkable writer" comes a warm-hearted romp that's guaranteed to please. On a cold, wintry night, Miss Lee the librarian lights a fire in the library fireplace and begins her search for the perfect story-hour book. Meanwhile, inside tall buildings and houses neat and grand, a dozen crawling, dancing, singing babies

Overview

From an author The Horn Book has called "a remarkable writer" comes a warm-hearted romp that's guaranteed to please. On a cold, wintry night, Miss Lee the librarian lights a fire in the library fireplace and begins her search for the perfect story-hour book. Meanwhile, inside tall buildings and houses neat and grand, a dozen crawling, dancing, singing babies are stuffed into pajamas, snugglies, coats, and hats by their moms and dads, sisters and brothers, grandmoms and grandpops. Charming, energetic illustrations by a talented new artist highlight the 1,001 things needed to ready the babies. It's colorful and chaotic confusion, leading right up to their tumultuous entrance into the library. Does Miss Lee have the perfect book for this rambunctious group? Fortunately, she does, and not a moment too soon!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's no secret that babies love books about babies, and the opening pages of this volume presents a full dozen of them climbing, dancing, rolling and crawling as their families prepare them for evening story hour at the library. Here Hest's (In the Rain with Baby Duck) chipper narrative and Cheese's (Walking the Bridge of Your Nose) childlike pictures invite little fingers to point out who's who as "four dads, five moms, two grandmoms, four grandpops, one uncle, one great-aunt, five bossy brothers, and six very bossy sisters" clamor to get the wee ones into their pajamas and bundle them up in coats to brave a chilly night. Taking playful liberties with perspective and scale, the art bursts with color yet looks sloppy and unfinished (facial features and skin tones often appear to be smeared or uneven). And the illustrations as well as the story line lose much of their cheerful energy once the babies are ready for their expedition to the library, which youngsters will find disappointingly languid after the peppy preparations. Toddlers that gear up rather than wind down at day's end give this bedtime tale an inventive spin, yet these babies may come and go without leaving much of a mark. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
The babies are coming from all over the city to Miss Lee's library for story time. She has to chose the perfect book for one dozen babies. Babies from houses and apartments: "Two crawling, three dancing, three peeking in drawers, one rolling, two singing, and one yawning baby." Young children are fascinated by babies, and preschoolers will enjoy pointing out the babies that match the text. The babies are beautifully painted and represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds. A wonderful bedtime story as the last baby falls asleep during story hour.
School Library Journal
PreSBright, engaging paintings depict 12 urban families preparing to venture out into the winter night for a bedtime storyhour at the library. Differences in environments, family structure, ethnicityand pajamasserve to underscore the universality of the efforts needed to take young children out into cold weather and the affection of the families who care for them. Shifting perspectives contrast the youngsters and their busy households with the quietness of the library as Miss Lee prepares for the program, a technique similarly applied in Joseph Slate's Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Dutton, 1996). Mixed-media illustrations effectively convey both the energy and emotions of the youngsters and the serenity of a snowy winter night in the city. A mildly repetitious text creates similar security by posing questions and answering them with verbal and pictorial lists of activities necessary to coax reluctant children into pajamas and winter clothes. Unfortunately, the repeated reference to "babies" is problematic; the youngsters depicted are actually toddlers or young preschoolers, and most children that age will be quick to point out that they are no longer babies. If young audiences can overlook this lapse, they will enjoy this book alone or in a group, as there are many opportunities for interaction with such a lively story.Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517709443
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/16/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

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