Big Book of Little Children

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The acclaimed creators of CATHERINE AND LAURENCE ANHOLT'S BIG BOOK OF FAMILIES take an affectionate, amusing look at the everyday world of little (and not so little) children.

What are babies like? How about big kids? And everyone in between? With signature bright colors ...

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The acclaimed creators of CATHERINE AND LAURENCE ANHOLT'S BIG BOOK OF FAMILIES take an affectionate, amusing look at the everyday world of little (and not so little) children.

What are babies like? How about big kids? And everyone in between? With signature bright colors and bouncy verse, Catherine and Laurence Anholt offer a warm tribute to children everywhere. Their charming vignettes fill five chapters:
—Very Little Children
—Little Children’s Likes and Loves
—How Little Children Feel
—What Little Children Do
—Little Children’s Families

Drawing on their own considerable experience as parents, the authors of CATHERING AND LAURENCE ANHOLT'S BIG BOOK OF LITTLE CHILDREN explore children’s likes and loves, hates and hopes, feelings and friends, favorite activities, families, and more, all with heartfelt perception and an abundance of humor.

Easy-to-read text introduces things associated with babies and children, such as what babies play with, what makes children laugh, and what families do together.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gathering another quintet of previously published books, Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Big Book of Little Children by the husband-and-wife team, adapts material from books published between 1991 and 1998. The round-up surveys a range of topics, such as "What do babies play with?" (the list includes "Frizzy hair, saggy bear, Empty box, Daddy's socks") in a selection called "Very Little Children" from Here Come the Babies. There are also some extended verse, as in a poetic portrait of "Little Children's Families" from the duo's Big Book of Families: "Mommy, mommy, sweet as honey, busy as a bee, Buzzing off to earn some money, Buzzing home to me." The airy watercolor-and-ink spot illustrations have enough level of knowing detail to prompt plenty of pointing and commentary. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
These read-aloud rhymes are just the thing for rainy days and nap time. It's a nice book for grandparents to have on hand when the kids come to visit. There is a reasonable attempt to show diversity. The last section focuses on nuclear and extended families with a nod to working mothers. Preschool children will recognize universal situations and emotional responses, for example, "wasps that sting, a fall from a swing." The list poems are easy to memorize and encourage literacy awareness and "reading" alone. There is no story line. It is all about fun with pictures and words-which go beyond basic skills' lists and help expand a child's vocabulary before starting school. Multiple illustrations appear on every page in primary colors that appeal to young children. This title is actually five books in one anthologized adaptation of previous publications: Here Come the Babies (1993), What I Like (1991), What Makes Me Happy (1998), Kids (1992), and Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Big Book of Families (1998). 2003, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 up.
— Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
PreS-A collection of excerpts from the Anholts' Here Come the Babies (1993), What I Like (1998), What Makes Me Happy? (1996), Kids (1994), and Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Big Book of Families (1998, all Candlewick). The book is a compilation of a variety of feelings, thoughts, and ideas about children and their families, accompanied by crews of the Anholts' trademark youngsters with a variety of skin colors, hair types, and clothing styles. While the selections work well independently, there is no plot binding them together. The layout sometimes lacks variety, but the bright colors and detailed scenes add lots of appeal. Libraries owning the original titles will not need this volume.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763622107
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine and Laurence Anholt met at art school and have since collaborated on more than fifty books for children. Their BIG BOOK OF LITTLE CHILDREN comes straight out of their own family experience with three children (including twins) and their abiding interest in the everyday and emotional lives of children. The Anholts are one of the most kid-savvy teams working in children’s books today. The Anholts, creators of Chimp and Zee among other well-loved characters, live in Dorset, England.
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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    So enjoyable! Pretty lg. book & helped my 4 yr old begin to read!!!

    I usually dig thru the 'just returned' books at the library, because I somehow assume that maybe those are better. People do their online research,etc. So that's how I stumbled upon this book. In the almost 15 years of reading to children (9 of which, my own) this book is a for sure stand out. It should be in classrooms. My 4 yr. old giggled from the start with the cute drawings of babies in their diapers & how babies grow. And from one story to the next (it takes about 10 min. to get thru the book) he was captivated by finger pointing at each word, which is so boldly written & easy to follow, but holds a nice story line for learning. And then all the little pictures with a child doing something & the word describing what they are doing...awesome learning potential! He loved pointing to each picture & I said the word. I then asked him where certain characters were. It was cute when he didn't know what the whale on the spring was (a playground toy). So cutely illustrated. B&N PLEASE keep this book in print!!! This is a PERFECT GIFT for infants to age 5. Enjoy!

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