From Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies
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From Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies

by Peggy Archer, Hanako Wakiyama
     
 

Simple rhymes — for anytime — engage babies and toddlers in this gift to treasure.

Wiggly babies, giggly babies. Babies on a swing. Babies on a lap. All kinds of babies keeping busy, busy, busy in simple poems by Peggy Archer and sunny, nostalgic images by Hanako Wakiyama.  See more details below

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Simple rhymes — for anytime — engage babies and toddlers in this gift to treasure.

Wiggly babies, giggly babies. Babies on a swing. Babies on a lap. All kinds of babies keeping busy, busy, busy in simple poems by Peggy Archer and sunny, nostalgic images by Hanako Wakiyama.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
Primarily pastel colored, small, oil-on-paper illustrations are tucked in around the two to three stanza poems in this poetry collection that is aimed at young toddlers. Other double-page spreads feature one-page illustrations. Some of the poems are cute and have a nice rhythm; others do not scan as well as they might. The poetry focuses on daily activities: eating, learning to walk, throwing toys out of the crib, riding in a car seat, etc. Although the babies in the illustrations are sweet, there is nothing particularly compelling about the pictures to draw the attention of young listeners. Poetry for very young children is an excellent idea. This book might find a place in large collections but would not be an essential purchase, since neither poems nor illustrations are remarkable.
School Library Journal

PreS
Beginning with the tender "Good Morning, Baby!" and ending with the cozy "Rocking," 15 poems cover the gamut of activities in which babies and toddlers participate: a first step, clomping around in adult shoes, exploring faces in a mirror, introducing oneself to the family cat, and so on. "Splish! Splash!/ Take a bath/Here in the big white tub./Bubble me clean/Like a beauty queen/And wrap me in a hug!" The oil-on-paper illustrations are in a style reminiscent of art in the 1950s. On various pages, the text is surrounded by a zigzag frame that adds to the old-fashioned feel. The plump children, some with pink skin, a few with tan, have rounded tummies and a variety of hair and eye colors. Dressed in onesies, ruffled outfits, or just a towel, they sport happy, curious, amazed, and satisfied expressions as they soak up new information gained through their five senses. A sweet tribute to young children.
—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Archer offers a little book of baby rhymes with a feeling of the past. It's hard to resist "Giggles"-"Wiggle my ears / And wiggle my nose, / 'Cause wiggles make giggles- / That's how it goes." Dad, Mom, PapPap and big brother all make appearances as the verse, always in Baby's voice, addresses shadows, first steps, making messes, taking a bath and other baby events. Wakiyama's pictures, generally on ivory backgrounds, use vintage colors, Kewpie-doll faces and '40s-inspired motifs to cheery effect. A few full-page images add texture-for instance, father and child in a lemon-yellow convertible with the seats full of groceries and flowers as they drive along an ocean-side road. Some of the rhymes have a bit of clunky awkwardness, but the whole is a pretty, old-fashioned package. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763624675
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Peggy Archer says, "I wanted to write poems for babies about things that they could understand, rather than write poems for grownups about babies and the things that they do." She lives in Valparaiso, California.

Hanako Wakiyama is the illustrator of GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX, LITTLE BO PEEP CAN'T GET TO SLEEP, THE BEST PET OF ALL, and WHEN IT'S THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. She lives in Laguna Niguel, California.

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