Baby, Come Away

Baby, Come Away

by Victoria Adler, David Walker
     
 

Readers, come away! Join in as baby sips tea with a bird in a tip-top tree, floats with a cat in a milk-white sea, and dances with a fish to a deep-sea band, only to return at the end of the day to Mama's waiting arms. With enchanting, vibrant illustrations and lyrical verse that begs to be read aloud, this book is a love song from all of us who delight in our

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Readers, come away! Join in as baby sips tea with a bird in a tip-top tree, floats with a cat in a milk-white sea, and dances with a fish to a deep-sea band, only to return at the end of the day to Mama's waiting arms. With enchanting, vibrant illustrations and lyrical verse that begs to be read aloud, this book is a love song from all of us who delight in our babies--and want to give them the world.

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Publishers Weekly
In this bedtime fantasy, a toddler responds to invitations from various animals to “come away” with them. Adler’s (All of Baby, Nose to Toes) story unfolds in four episodes—as the toddler plays with a bird, cat, dog, and fish—followed by a coda in which the boy’s mother tucks him into bed. Each outing opens with a “Baby, come away,” greeting, joined by verse that plays around within the fairly complex metric structure that Adler sets up, with varying success. The staccato rhymes pull readers through the story (“Let’s run in the sun/ Past the garden patch./ I’ll throw you a twig/ And we’ll play catch/ With a skip and a jump/ And a tumble all around”), but variations also create lines that readers may trip over (“With a bird suit, feather cap, stocking on your legs,/ You’ll warm my eggs/ And we’ll have tea/ In our tip-top tree”). Walker’s (Baby Says “Moo!”) round-headed toddler and friendly, dot-eyed animals populate smudgy and warm scenes that capture the boy’s body language and the welcoming nature of the worlds he explores. Ages 1–4. (Nov.)
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“Though there’s no shortage of books that delight in toddler love, this offering is destined to become a cherished favorite...Full of rhyme, alliteration, and playful wording, the text lends itself to group reading or one-on-one sharing equally well...The text has a songlike cadence that is a joy to read out loud. ”--School Library Journal
 
“Walker’s round-headed toddler and friendly, dot-eyed animals populate smudgy and warm scenes that capture the boy’s body language and the welcoming nature of the worlds he explores.” --Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
It is never too soon to read to babies and this book is an excellent way to begin. The story is told in rhyme and invites an unnamed toddler to leave his home and spend a day with various animals. The first encounter takes a flying baby and a bird up into a tree to view a bird's nest. The bird dresses him in a bird suit with feather cap and stockings so they may have tea "in our tip-top tree." Next the youngster spends time with a cat in a barn playing with a ball of yarn and a catnip mouse; later floating in a sea made of milk that they promptly drink using a dipper and a cup. The third adventure involves romping with a friendly, floppy eared dog and chewing on bones together. A bright orange fish invites the little boy to swim to the bottom of the sea where he sees a sleeping mermaid, some fiddling crabs and holds hands with an octopus. At the end of a very tiring day, Mother gathers the boy in her arms and puts him to bed—where he may dream about his adventures. The soft, and slightly blurred illustrations portray perfectly the antics of the story in a calm, comforting way that exactly matches the text. This is a wonderful story for parents to share at bedtime. Purchase is recommended for parents and public libraries. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS—Though there's no shortage of books that delight in toddler love, this offering is destined to become a cherished favorite. Utterly charming paintings show a little boy being enticed away by a quartet of adorable animals, one after the other, each offering a scenario of how they'll spend their time together. The bird wants baby to come away to her nest and munch on worms, the cat to a boat on a milky sea, the puppy to play outside and to chew on a bone, and the fish to an enchanting undersea grotto. Full of rhyme, alliteration, and playful wording, the text lends itself to group reading or one-on-one sharing equally well: "With a toe tap, finger snap, circle on the sand./An octopus will take your hand./A dance for you/And a dance for me." The text has a songlike cadence that is a joy to read out loud, with the perfect amount of repeating refrains to tie sections together. Finally, day ends and baby returns to mama's wide-open arms. The message of safety and unconditional love is reinforced as the baby is tucked into bed with the four friends looking on.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A bird, cat, dog and fish take turns inviting Baby (who looks more like a toddler) to "come away." Each creature wants Baby to participate in its favorite activities--both real and slightly fantastical. Bird chirps, "Let's fly up high / To my nest / In the sky / Where the green leaves rustle / And the clouds drift by," whereas Fish promises, "We'll dance in a ring / In the deep, deep sea / With a toe tap, finger snap, circle on the sand. / An octopus will take your hand." Adler's rhyming text includes opportunities for young ones to pretend to munch a worm, sip some milk, chew a bone and twirl in the sea. Unfortunately the cadence occasionally misses a beat. Walker, however, ably keeps pace with Baby's adventures and provides colorful depictions of the playful action with just the right amount of detail for the very young to enjoy. Every animal has a welcome smile and delights in Baby's company. But at the end of the day mother is ready with open arms for Baby to "Come back to me." She scoops up her weary one and puts Baby to bed. The final spread shows bird, cat, dog and fish keeping watch over their dear playmate. Sweet but not stellar--stick with Adler's earlier success, All of Baby, Nose to Toes, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata (2009). (Picture book. 2-4)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374304805
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

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