Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies

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by Susan Meyers
     
 

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Every day, everywhere, babies are born. They're kissed and dressed and rocked and fed--and completely adored by the families who love them. With an irresistible rhyming text and delightfully endearing illustrations, here is an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling, and of course, very noisy babies doing all the wonderful things babies do best.

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Every day, everywhere, babies are born. They're kissed and dressed and rocked and fed--and completely adored by the families who love them. With an irresistible rhyming text and delightfully endearing illustrations, here is an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling, and of course, very noisy babies doing all the wonderful things babies do best.

Editorial Reviews

barnesandnoble.com
"Every day, everywhere, babies are born -- fat babies, thin babies, small babies, tall babies, winter and spring babies, summer and fall babies...." And so begins this exuberant celebration of little ones -- and all the wonderful things they do. From the toys and games they enjoy to the friends they make to the way they're carried and the way they crawl, Everywhere Babies chronicles how different each baby is -- and how delightful they all are. With an irresistible rhyming text and warm watercolor illustrations, here is a delightful tribute to babies everywhere -- and to the people who love them.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Every day, everywhere, babies are born," writes Meyers (Hello Jenny), as Frazee (The Seven Silly Eaters) presents the first in a series of wry, elegant watercolor vignettes: a row of multiracial, swaddled newborns whose expressions range from "How did I get here?" to utter boredom. The pages that follow prove that ministering to babies is all-pervasive as well. "Every day, everywhere," as each spread announces in hand-lettered display type, babies are either collecting kisses, getting schlepped, exhausting their parents (a state that Frazee portrays with knowing and hilarious precision), toddling or growing. Rhyming text in smaller type elaborates on each theme: e.g., to "Every day, everywhere, babies are carried " Meyers adds, "in backpacks, in front packs, in slings, and in strollers, in car seats, and bike seats, and on Daddy's shoulders." As Meyers builds to the expected coda (babies being "loved for trying so hard, for traveling so far, for being so wonderful... just as they are!"), it's Frazee's canny wit that tips the work away from sentimentality to evoke a wide range of emotions. A charming paean to the adoration (and accessories) that families lavish on their offspring. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
With its rounded corners and its cast of emotive infants and loving, diverse parents, Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, illus. by Marla Frazee, will quickly become a nursery staple. PW called it "a charming paean to the adoration (and accessories) that families lavish on their offspring." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
"Every day, everywhere, babies are ...born; kissed; dressed; fed; rocked; and carried" is the refrain for the first half of this absolutely adorable book about little ones and their families. The second half is devoted to the things that all babies do and experience as they explore this world of ours. "Every day, everywhere, babies make ...noise, like toys, play games, make friends, are crawling, and growing." "Every day, everywhere, babies are loved." The refrain words are in a larger font at the top of each page, and the rhyming text flows across, under, and through the multitude of families shown with their little ones. The double spread for the "crawling" page shows the adults gathered round a huge pile of gym mats while the babies go "forward and backward, on bottoms and knees, upstairs and downstairs, wherever they please." The detailed pictures support the text with strikingly loving interactions of grown-ups and children. The wide variety of faces and relationships fosters greater understanding that families are made up of people who love one another. Needless to say families expecting a new addition to their family will love this fabulous look at babies, as well as teachers who are presenting the "family" unit at school. The expressions on all of the faces are simply perfect for the emotion called for by the text. This is a wonderful book for discussing how alike all people are, and for observing some of the differences that make us individuals.
School Library Journal
PreS-Young listeners will appreciate this gentle rhyme that portrays babies with their families and friends being drawn into everyday activities. The lilting text recites the eating, sleeping, and leisure habits of a winsome cast of multicultural tykes, but, most of all, it impresses on readers how much they are loved. Expressive, animated pencil-and-watercolor paintings depict a full range of infant motions and emotions that bring this ensemble to life. The clear double-page spreads usually contain one large or several smaller scenes against lots of white space. The facial expressions in several scenes are particularly captivating and endearing. This delightful homage to the youngest among us should be a hit at toddler storytimes, and the book will be great for individual sharing because there is a certain amount of very basic seek-and-find potential fun to be had in poring over the illustrations. Everywhere Babies should be in every preschool collection.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

True to the title, babies of all sizes and colors spill over the pages of this high-spirited book. Jaunty rhymes chronicle babies' busy lives -- eating and crawling, at sleep and at play -- and little ones will love seeing themselves reflected in the soft, expressive watercolors.

Kirkus Reviews
Meyers and Frazee play a happy, well-tuned concerto on every reader's genetically preprogrammed heartstrings with this long parade of babies: swaddled, sleepy, bright-eyed, screaming with joy and/or rage, being fed, nuzzled, carried, and generally loved by a parental cadre that, unobtrusively, will raise no diversity issues. Frazee (Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild, 2000, etc.) is even better at depicting babies than Jan Ormerod (if that's possible), capturing in dozens of stubby figures everything from those funny-looking tufts of hair topping rounded or lumpy-looking heads to the utter intensity with which babies express their feelings or explore the bright world around them. Meyers's rhymed captions carry the message that every day, everywhere, babies are born, kissed, dressed, played with, and nurtured: everywhere they make noise, like toys-and, when the time comes, turn into toddlers. The text and pictures make beautiful music together, and like babies themselves, this composition is irresistible. (Picture book. 4-8)

From the Publisher

[star] "Warm, funny, generous, this is a book that belongs in every library, and every lap."--The Horn Book (starred review)

[star] "The text and pictures make beautiful music together, and like babies themselves, this composition is irresistible."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[star] "Should be in every preschool collection."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"A joyful ode to the everyday miracle of babies."--The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152022266
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,415
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

SUSAN MEYERS is the author of Everywhere Babies, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee, and many other picture books. She lives in Northern California.

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the author and illustrator of Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages; Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert; Roller Coaster; and Hush, Little Baby. She is the illustrator of Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox, and more. Marla Frazee lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at www.marlafrazee.com.  

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Everywhere Babies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Elizabeth14EH More than 1 year ago
My youngest son received this book as a gift when he was born. It was the first book that he connected with and we can not read it enough!! We are on our second copy!!! It is a must have...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Both my kids fell in love with this book - in fact I even bought the board book version to keep in the car. The verse is great and fun to read and the artwork is fabulous and includes a lot of diversity. Both kids like to spend extra time on each page just looking at the pictures and pointing out various things - kids in a wagon, riding on dad's shoulder. It's one I enjoy reading with them over and over (and can actually recite from memory). I buy for all my friends having babies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book you and your toddler are looking for! The one that will become an instant staple in your child's library, the one they will bring to your lap time and time again. We checked this book out from the library a few months ago and my then 20 month old daughter couldn't get enough of it. She absolutely adored the pictures and so did I! The text is easy and fun to read. The story itself is short enough to keep the child engaged yet long enough to get in plenty of snuggle time. I am ordering this book now for my daughter (now 23 months) for Christmas. I just know her eyes will light up when she sees it again! I'm excited to read it again myself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son received this book when he was born, but didn't start to appreciate it until he was close to two. Now it's a staple. The illustrations are detailed, depicting a diverse set of families and babies having fun. Plus, it's easy to read aloud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter received this book for her first birthday last year and we have read it every night since! It is definately her favourite and she finds something new in the wonderful pictures every week. This is also a great book for new siblings so they can learn all about their new baby brother or sister.