Hello Baby: Just Right for 3's and 4's

Hello Baby: Just Right for 3's and 4's

by Charlotte Doyle, Kees De Kiefte

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- This view of a newborn as an uninteresting nuisance whose only value lies in his potential may be unacceptable to some adults. Homer's parents explain all of the things that babies can't do, but assure him that everyone starts out that way. Homer makes up a song, ``No, there's not much a baby can do./ But I was once a baby, and so were you.'' Things look better when three-week-old Leo responds to Homer's presence by flapping his arms--now the baby's doing something. The book introduces facts about babies expressed in the negative--can't chew, can't talk, can't walk--and Homer has to make a ``mistake'' to elicit each piece of information, magnifying the negative cast. In contrast, Homer's mother has the same simple smile on her face whether she's explaining that the baby can't do much or commenting on the ``mess in his pants.'' Aliki's Welcome, Little Baby (Greenwillow, 1987) introduces the state of the newborn and indicates how her world will expand without framing her developing nature in the negative or as a disability. --Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Just Right Bks.
Age Range:
4 Years

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