Baby and Me

Overview

If you had a little baby of your very own, how would you look after her? Well, you’d take her for walks and give her milk to drink and change her diaper, of course!

This delightful interactive book will teach little ones how to care for their baby dolls and accept a new sibling. With robust pull-tabs and clever touch-and-feel elements — including a diaper to tie — this book is perfect for all toddlers.

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Overview

If you had a little baby of your very own, how would you look after her? Well, you’d take her for walks and give her milk to drink and change her diaper, of course!

This delightful interactive book will teach little ones how to care for their baby dolls and accept a new sibling. With robust pull-tabs and clever touch-and-feel elements — including a diaper to tie — this book is perfect for all toddlers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Baby dolls have been popular for more than a century, and Dodd’s young narrator, first seen tottering in her mother’s red heels while pushing a baby carriage, walks readers through the care and keeping of her own doll. Readers can take part in the fun, helping feed the doll (a tab makes her bottle appear to drain of milk), change her diaper (a tangle of cloth strips), and rock her to sleep (“And when it’s bedtime, I say, ‘Night-night. Sleep tight, sweetie’ ”). Doll-lovers should find the interactive touches entirely satisfying, and the surprise ending demonstrates that the girl’s caretaking instincts and enthusiasm extend to a certain real-life baby, too. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Christy Devillier
In this delightful, interactive book, a responsible little girl takes on the role of mother in caring for her baby doll. From bottle-feeding to diaper changing, bath time to bedtime, she cheerfully performs each task. It is a surprise at the end when her parents appear with a newborn baby, and we learn that the little girl was actually practicing for this happy day, when she could begin helping her mommy with the "hard work" of baby care. Dodd's sweet and inviting illustrations set up each scene nicely, and interactive elements allow a young audience to become active participants in the story. Kids will enjoy tugging the sturdy, easy-to-grab pull tabs to drain the bottle of milk, propel the rubber ducky in the bath, and rock the cradle. They can also wrap the doll in a soft cloth diaper and a fuzzy blanket. Babies often fascinate young children, and this charming book could easily become a favorite among ages three to five. Expecting parents will appreciate the message and story line, as well. Reviewer: Christy Devillier
School Library Journal
PreS—A preschooler cares for her doll just like a mother would a baby. The toy is pushed in a carriage, fed, and bathed. Her diaper is changed and she is put to bed in a lovely pink cradle. Then readers are introduced to the child's mother and new sibling. The big sister announces her intention to help her mommy as much as she can, because "Being a mommy is really hard work!" The digitally rendered illustrations are cheerful and spacious with small details and large images. Each scene features movable, tactile parts such as a doorway made of flaps, a pull tab that empties a bottle, and a fuzzy pink polka-dotted towel. A fun book for aspiring and new siblings.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
A child with a doll demonstrates baby care in this sweet, decidedly purposeful outing. "This is me," begins the stroller-pushing young narrator. "And this… / is my baby doll." On she goes to show bottle feeding, diaper changing (sans any visible sign of need for same), bathing and toweling dry, and then putting down in a rocking cradle. "Being a mommy is really hard work!" she concludes meaningfully, and so she promises to give her own mommy lots of help--with "our new baby!" Using a palette of, largely, pale pinks and blues, Dodd crafts big, simply drawn illustrations of the cheery tot with her doll (both Caucasian). They are enhanced by glued-in swatches of soft cloth representing towel and diaper, plus pull tabs that lower a stroller's hood, empty a milk bottle and float a rubber ducky across the tub. A climactic double-flap doorway reveals mommy with both baby and new big sister on her lap. Pushing actual child care duties off on preschoolers is a nonstarter, but this may help prepare younger prospective sibs for family changes. (Pop-up/picture book. 3-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763665449
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 518,205
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.42 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Dodd was brought up in a family of artists and from as far back as she can remember she has wanted to be an illustrator. I Love My Mummy, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma Dodd, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010.

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