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In a daringly different style from her previous bestselling books, Caldecott Medalist Peggy Rathmann delivers this rollicking, eye-catching tale about a very odd day when the town's babies crawl their way to mischief. Using dramatic, black silhouette illustrations set against a multi-colored, glowing sky, Rathmann tells how "We moms and dads were eating pies, The babies saw some butterflies -- And what do you know? Surprise! Surprise! The babies crawled away!" Followed by one responsible lad who makes sure they don't get into too much trouble, the town's tots scoot up trees to watch some bees, crawl through a bog, play with bats in a cave, and eventually crawl on to a dangerous ledge. Thankfully, the boy comes to their rescue, "But then -- My, oh my! How those babies began to cry! They were hungry, and tired, And their little mouths were dry!" So with some quick thinking, the boy guides his team of toddlers back home, reuniting his little charges with their adoring parents who cheer "You are our hero -- Have some pies! And we insist/ You've won FIRST PRIZE for saving the day/ When the babies crawled away!"
Rathmann fuels her storytelling with rolling rhymes that move the action along, while her artwork, with its bold, rather mysterious tone, conjures feelings of uneasy yet adventurous dusk-time escapades and fascinating small-town lore. This humorous, offbeat romp is a perfect companion to her previous tales Officer Buckle and Gloria and 10 Minutes till Bedtime. Shana Taylor