Baby Knows Best

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You can give a baby many fancy toys, but what does she really want to play with? Your keys! You can outfit baby with lots and lots of pretty clothes, but what does she want to wear? Nothing! You can set up many inviting places in which baby can play, but where does she want to be? In your arms, of course! This heartwarming book will bring smiles of recognition from anyone who has spent time with a baby. Brita Granstrom's illustrations make you want to lift the baby off of the page and hug her. Here's a book that ...
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Overview

You can give a baby many fancy toys, but what does she really want to play with? Your keys! You can outfit baby with lots and lots of pretty clothes, but what does she want to wear? Nothing! You can set up many inviting places in which baby can play, but where does she want to be? In your arms, of course! This heartwarming book will bring smiles of recognition from anyone who has spent time with a baby. Brita Granstrom's illustrations make you want to lift the baby off of the page and hug her. Here's a book that both adults and children will relish.
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Try to catch the fancy of a baby, and you'll learn -- baby knows best. Author Kathy Henderson and illustrator Brita Granström capture this humorous phenomenon with witty verse and spirited illustrations of one baby's quest for the things that tickle her fancy.

With a slew of toys and whistles, and the stuffed animals offered by big brother, baby wants...keys. When the family members try to amuse the little one with bath toys, sponges, and rubber duckies, baby wants...the bathtub plug. And a choice between dungarees and dresses leads to...baby wearing nothing at all! With teething rings and finger food, baby wants...grown-up spaghetti. And finally, "...her high chair and the bouncer and the crib/There's all this stuff./And where does she want to be?/Snuggled up with us."

Free-sprited watercolor illustrations match the clever verse. Baby, with blonde whisps of hair and an affectionate grin, is as sweet as a button. Her energy bounces off the pages with a little help from Granström's line drawings and vivacious watercolors. Parents will find the cluttered yet happy home a familiar sight. And young readers will be smitten with this adorable babe, the true master of the house.

Why does baby chooses the simple things of life over her well-designed specialties? Perhaps she knows something we don't... (Amy Barkat)

Children's Literature
In Kathy Henderson's picture book a family prepares their home for welcoming a new baby. They purchase an ample amount of clothes, special toys, bath supplies, strollers and so much more. They falsely assume that these material objects will make their new baby feel loved. Surprisingly, the baby's needs are simpler than they anticipated. She only wants what the family already has, and is perfectly content cruising around in just a diaper. She loves simple toys such as boxes, and feels happiest in the loving arms of her family. This book for little ones portrays a happy, caring home. The colorful, exciting pictures illustrate the family and their vibrant house. The language is simple enough for a young child to understand. The underlying message in this story is a great one to teach children: money doesn't create happiness; love does! This is an important concept for people to grasp at a young age, and this book does a terrific job of delivering the message. 2001, Transworld Publishers,
— Andrea Greim
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A nearly rhyming text buoyantly proves that Baby Knows Best. For this bubbling baby girl, keys are more fun than toys; newspapers more satisfying than books; a bath plug more engaging than tub toys; a birthday suit more comfortable than any clothes; and cuddles superior to stroller, bouncer, or playpen. In the midst of an inviting clutter and a welcoming family, this little miss enjoys the bliss of infancy in a loving home. Both Dad and Brother are active participants in the nurturing. Even the dog helps out, cleaning up spilled food. A pleasing verse is flawed by occasional mismatches: bells with well, stuff with us. Still, the target audience will be so enchanted with Baby that they won't mind a rough rhyme, and the beaming, cartoon illustrations are sure to delight. The result is a winning read-aloud for parent and child, sibling to sibling, or teacher to class, and a gem for toddler and preschool collections.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Babies always have a mind of their own when it comes to what they want to play with, eat, and wear, and the little girl in this story is no exception. In a room stuffed with every toy imaginable, baby's interest is taken with the keys to the front door. With shelves full of board books with bright pictures, baby only wants to read the newspaper. When dinnertime rolls around, baby has no interest in the carefully prepared mashed bananas or the baby-sized cookies; instead, she wants to eat the spaghetti that the rest of the family is eating. An older brother watches (and reports) as baby begins to make her own decisions about what she wants to do and he's amazed at the things she likes. Loosely rhyming text is accompanied by colorful drawings that seem to tumble across the pages as baby makes her way from one activity to the next, always climaxing in a double-paged spread of baby with her choice. The illustrations are full of stray pencil marks highlighting the chaotic effect that one opinionated baby can have on a family. This roly-poly little one will bring a smile to every reader. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316605809
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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