Babies: All You Need to Know

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How fast do babies grow? What do they eat? And how do we take care of them? Kids get a great introduction to human growth and development as they observe a baby's antics through the eyes of an older sister. Young readers discover that a newborn sees only in black and white and can taste sweet, bitter, and sour, but naturally prefers sweet. They see how a baby likes to imitate and can even learn from playing peekaboo. And readers also find out just when a baby will be ready to do...

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Overview

How fast do babies grow? What do they eat? And how do we take care of them? Kids get a great introduction to human growth and development as they observe a baby's antics through the eyes of an older sister. Young readers discover that a newborn sees only in black and white and can taste sweet, bitter, and sour, but naturally prefers sweet. They see how a baby likes to imitate and can even learn from playing peekaboo. And readers also find out just when a baby will be ready to do other things.

Describes how babies look and act and how they change as they grow.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This conversational, loosely organized title explores the physical needs and unique characteristics of babies. The focus is on how children develop in their first 18 months, both in size and in ability. General information, such as what infants eat and why they cry, is interspersed with less well-known details, such as the fact that newborns have more bones than adults. The text also touches on the genetic and environmental reasons that babies look and act the way they do, briefly mentioning adopted children and twins. The computer-assisted illustrations feature caricatures of a single family with round, soft faces and big, brown eyes. The color is loud enough to seem artificial. In a few instances, the illustrations don't help clarify the text. For example, in discussing the rapid growth of a newborn, Heiligman explains that, "A baby who weighs 7 pounds when he is born will probably weigh 21 pounds on his first birthday." The accompanying full-page chart starts its graph line at nine pounds, a disconcerting detail for the literal minded. An uneven presentation with interesting information.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A satisfying introduction to babies from birth to toddler that explores how they grow, what they see and hear, why they look like their parents and more. From the Jump Into Science series, it’s especially useful for families expecting a new baby. The brief text provides a surprising amount of detail: "A baby who is only ten days old can already tell the difference between his mother’s smell and someone else’s." And newborns can’t see colors. "So newborns like to look at black-and-white pictures and toys." The author of a number of Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science titles closes by inviting the young reader to become a "baby scientist," observing the infant and trying some simple experiments. For example, "Open and close your hand. See if the baby imitates you." Cheerful pastel illustrations show baby and family with identical button noses, round ping-pong eyes and a mop of curly brown hair, often framed in colored boarders decorated with baby paraphernalia. Upbeat and fun from beginning to end as the author concludes: "Bye-bye, baby! Hello toddler." (Nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792282051
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Jump into Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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