The Belly Book

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Bellies come in all shapes and sizes: baby bellies, grown-up bellies, animal bellies. Some bellies are soft. Some bellies are firm. Round or flat, all bellies deserve a happy pat.

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Overview

Bellies come in all shapes and sizes: baby bellies, grown-up bellies, animal bellies. Some bellies are soft. Some bellies are firm. Round or flat, all bellies deserve a happy pat.

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“Bellies, we love you smooth or hairy./ On the mountains! On the prairie!” With snappy rhymes, bright bold graphics, and a winning sense of playfulness, Manushkin follows The Tushy Book with a salute to the body’s middle ground, this time teaming up with Yaccarino (All the Way to America). Bellies are a receptacle for lint (“Where it comes from, no one knows!”), and remind us of where we came from (“Once upon a time, your mummy/ grew you—right inside her tummy”); they’re where “everything lands,” food-wise, and essential to both a belly flop and belly dance. With a saturated palette, streamlined verve, and visual winks reminiscent of midcentury poster art, Yaccarino makes every page pop and never runs out of ways to render and frame a conceit: two loosely sketched figures display the difference between innies and outies, while a spread dedicated to pink, brown, round, and flat bellies has echoes of Mondrian. He’s especially good at creating images with a mirroring element: one standout spread shows identical curly-headed twins reaching across the page to tickle each other’s bellies with feathers. Ages 2–5. (Nov.)
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“This book encourages children to think positively about a body part that is often hidden away or rejected.” —School Library Journal

“With snappy rhymes, bright bold graphics, and a winning sense of playfulness, Manushkin follows The Tushy Book with a salute to the body’s middle ground, this time teaming up with Yaccarino.” —Publishers Weekly

“Delightful art adds panache to this simple ode to a familiar body part.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This book encourages children to think positively about a body part that is often hidden away or rejected. What begins as a riddle written across two bare midriffs—"Every daughter, every son,/has their own—but only one—with a button in the middle./Can you guess this little riddle?"—ends with an affirmation: "Bellies, we love you!/Bellies so clever—/you are a part of us forever!" Children will see how abdomens vary in appearance and why they are an important part of our anatomy. Gouache illustrations of belly buttons, belly flops, etc., add playfulness to the text. The animal bellies that appear beside the human ones give examples of the little ways we are all the same. Read Manushkin's The Tushy Book (Feiwel & Friends, 2009) to introduce children to another unappreciated body part.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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A meditation on the middle for beginning readers and younger listeners supports some appealingly merry illustrations. Manushkin's rhyming text is an invitation to a general celebration of abdomens--readers' own or other peoples', and occasionally those of beasts and birds--in all their rounded but not-very-unusual variety. The verse serves as an adequate vehicle for the art, which is the real treat here, with Yaccarino's clever, energetic, lighthearted illustration: His round-headed, round-bodied people are set against brightly colored blocks and patterns with symmetry and syncopation. Throughout, Manushkin uses only the word belly for the front of the torso, with one exception: "Once upon a time your mummy / grew you--right inside her tummy." She humorously points out that belly-button lint is kind of mysterious ("Where it comes from, no one knows!"). When the easy-to-read rhymes start to stretch thin, relying on lists ("Parade your bellies from here to Spain. / Bellies in the desert! / Bellies in the rain!"), Yaccarino plumps them up with an artful twinkle: A slim, floating, belly-buttoned green alien in a white bikini accompanies "In outer space! In a bikini!" His playful full-page gouaches zip nimbly from thought to thought and invest the whole with a generous dollop of whimsy. Delightful art adds panache to this simple ode to a familiar body part. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312649586
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Manushkin is the author of numerous books for children. She lives in New York City.

Dan Yaccarino's many books include Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst. He is also the creator of the television series Oswald and Willa's Wild Life. Dan lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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