Do You Know New?


Do you know new?

For infants starting to coo and babble, this gentle poem echoes babies' first attempts at language.

Questions and answers present a baby with such concepts as "moo," "two," and "peek-a-boo."

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Do you know new?

For infants starting to coo and babble, this gentle poem echoes babies' first attempts at language.

Questions and answers present a baby with such concepts as "moo," "two," and "peek-a-boo."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A question and answer format and a multicultural mix of boys and girls provide the framework for this board book. The final question "Do you know you?" should be answered in part by the supposed reflection of the child holding the book, but the mylar surface does not reflect any recognizable image because it is not stretched tight enough. The idea is fine, but the product doesn't deliver. However, the simple text can encourage extended discussions by parents and caregivers beyond what is on the pages. Part of the "Harper Growing Tree" collection.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This is a parent-child love poem that stress rhythmic words and clear artwork for babies. At the same time, it fosters an environment for early book sharing with a text that's meaningful to adults. It begins: "Maybe, my baby, / you'll run a fine race" and a bright photograph shows a baby holding a medal. The next page pictures a baby holding a rocket and a globe ball accompanied by text: "Maybe you'll rocket / way up into space. / But I see while I'm looking deep into your face that it's sure to early to tell." Each book in the "Harper Growing Tree" series is designed to encourage early reading aloud. The series gives tremendous care to developmental stages in terms of language learning, book handling, and intellectual development.
School Library Journal
PreS--In this rhyming board book, Marzollo uses simple verses and a question-and-answer format to introduce concepts. "Do you know new?/Oh my, I do./Brand-new, I do" is illustrated with a painting of a newborn baby, while "Do you know blue?/Why, yes, I do./Blue, blue, I do" accompanies a picture of a girl reaching up toward a bright sky. Takabayashi's childlike artwork is bright and appealing. The poem concludes, "Do you know you?/Of course, I do!/Don't you?" The last page of the book has a Mylar sheet that is intended to be a mirror for readers to look into and see their own faces. Unfortunately, the reflection is very distorted and the thin film of Mylar may not hold up well to the frequently rough-and-tumble usage a library book receives.--Kathy M. Newby, Russiaville Branch Library, IN
Kirkus Reviews
Do You Know New? ( Feb. 28, 1998; 14 pp.; 0-694-00870-2): In a simple poem in the Harper Growing Tree series, Marzollo (Home Sweet Home, 1997, etc.) introduces concepts for babies that have a long u sound, but while parents can point out a shoe or count to two, a concept such as "new" will be too abstract. A foil mirror on the last page invites children to recognize "you," but the poor quality of the mirror results in a distorted and unrecognizable image. Despite these flaws, the book is fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are welcoming in their rounded simplicity and comforting pastel colors. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694008704
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Growing Tree Series
  • Pages: 14
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Marzollo is the author of many books for children, including Home Sweet Home, Sun Song, and the Growing Tree title Do You Know New? She lives in Cold Spring, NY.

AWARDS: 2000 Rip Van Winkle Award by School Lib. Media Specialists of SE NY Assoc.

Mari Takabayashi has illustrated many children's books including Do You Know New? by Jean Marzollo and Sidewalk Trip by Patricia Hubbell. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    no problem with "mirror"

    The publisher must have fixed whatever problems originally plagued the mirror in this book because our copy from 2000 has a fine, child-safe mirror. When my daughter was an infant, she greatly anticipated getting to the last page ("Do you know you? Of course I do!") so that she could look at herself and kiss her own reflection. Also nice about this book: It reads quickly, which is good for young infants with shorter attention spans.

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