Family Lullaby

Family Lullaby

by Jody Fickes Shapiro, Cathie Felstead
     
 

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Who loves Baby?
Mama does.
Who else loves Baby?
Papa does.
And who else?
Brother, Sister,
Auntie, Uncle,
Grandma, Grandpa,
and even Puppy and Kitty!
And who else?
How about you?

We all love Baby.
Yes, we do!  See more details below

Overview

Who loves Baby?
Mama does.
Who else loves Baby?
Papa does.
And who else?
Brother, Sister,
Auntie, Uncle,
Grandma, Grandpa,
and even Puppy and Kitty!
And who else?
How about you?

We all love Baby.
Yes, we do!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Given the many people who love and nurture a newborn, this picture book is a deserving testament to the extended family at the core of a child's universe. Shapiro's (Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-Picking Time) singsong text consists of simple, short verses that detail each family member's designated role in baby's life, followed by the repeated anthem "We all love Baby. Yes we do!" Whether it's mommy feeding baby a bottle or grandpa giving a piggy-back ride, each job is unique, yet shares the common thread of doing everything humanly possible to make baby happy. Felstead (Big Wolf and Little Wolf) depicts these caregivers at work in separate circles, drawing readers' eyes to each person, one by one. The text adheres to a steady pattern and rhythm-youngsters will relish the repetition. By story's end, it's no wonder that the "sleepy family" members all have their eyes shut tight. The final page, showing a satisfied and beaming baby, summarizes the result of all their hard work-and the goal of any new parent. Ages 0-4. (May)

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The title says it all. In this picture book for the extremely young, the spare, repetitive text has Mommy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie and Uncle, Sister and Brother, Cat and Dog doing simple, everyday things for baby. Each pair is pictured on the left while the right side of the spread proclaims in large type "We all Love, Baby. Yes, we do." While the book has some charm, it also has a few problems. The language is undistinguished. Each pair is described using the single sentence pattern: "Mommy feeds Baby. Daddy burps Baby." Even the occasional internal rhyme and the refrain don't invite crooning, the way a lullaby should. Furthermore, the 11" by 8" format is too large to make it easy to cuddle up and read with a teeny tiny one. Felstead's illustrations are some compensation for the language problems. She uses a soft palette to create a family album effect, with each pair of "Baby lovers" set in circular frames. The refrain pages use the same polka dot design, done in different colors.
Kirkus Reviews
Repeated words and design create a lullaby to family love. "We all love Baby. Yes we do." Calm, smiling family members all love Baby a lot. On the left of each page, circles frame (portrait-style) the cut-paper collages of two people who show how they love Baby. Like lapel buttons for presidential campaigns, these show the important people in Baby's life. From Mommy feeding Baby to Daddy burping Baby to hip Grandpa sporting a front baby carrier, the world revolves around this young one. There are patty-cakes, piggybacks and snuggles and the always-smiling baby soaking up love and attention. Small, colored circles float like bubbles on the right-hand page to accompany the bouncy, cheerleader-like refrain. One can imagine Baby bouncing on reader's knee as an accompanying activity to the reading, which will surely take place over and over again. (Picture book. 0-3)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060514822
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Pages:
40
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jody Fickes Shapiro is also the author of Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-Picking Time. She is the former owner of a children's bookstore, Adventures for Kids, and a former children's librarian. She lives in Ventura, California.

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