How Do You Make a Baby Smile?

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Wiggle your ear!
Play peekaboo!
Make a face!

And join dozens of friendly animals—plus one very patient older sister—as they use their best tricks to make their babies smile, laugh, coo, and grin.

With a simple rhyming text by Philemon Sturges and bright, bold illustrations by Bridget Strevens-Marzo, How Do You Make a Baby Smile? is the ...

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Overview

Wiggle your ear!
Play peekaboo!
Make a face!

And join dozens of friendly animals—plus one very patient older sister—as they use their best tricks to make their babies smile, laugh, coo, and grin.

With a simple rhyming text by Philemon Sturges and bright, bold illustrations by Bridget Strevens-Marzo, How Do You Make a Baby Smile? is the perfect book for babies and all those who love them!

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Featuring some of Strevens-Marzo's (Kiss Kiss) best artwork yet, a simple but amusing text from Sturges (The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza) and an instantly appealing title, this high-spirited preschool book will have babies giggling at every page turn. Although the illustrations focus attention on large animal shapes suitable for youngest readers, the artist's heavy black outlines contain interesting details and textures that complement but never distract. Before the text begins, a toddler sits amid a plethora of stuffed animals, and subpages contain brightly colored illustrations that imagine each baby animal with a parent who invites it to smile, laugh or coo ("How do you make a baby smile? Grin like Papa Crocodile"). The animal mothers and fathers model simple baby games as well-Mama Baboon makes a face, Daddy Raccoon plays peek-a-boo-and the interaction between the bright-eyed babies and parents will undoubtedly invite mimicry. Eventually, an older sister appears and tickles the human baby's chin with the tail of the stuffed animal raccoon. The bedtime ending ("When baby yawns and nods its head,/ Tuck the baby snug in bed.") winds down with just the right amount of slowing action and reassurance as the sister lovingly puts the contented baby to sleep. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (June)

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Various animals respond to their children in this playful rhyming book. "How do you make a baby laugh?/Twist your neck like Papa Giraffe,/Or make a face like Mama Baboon,/Or play peekaboo like Daddy Raccoon." The opening page shows a human baby who, at the close of the book, is cozily tucked in with stuffed animals that correspond to the creatures featured. Strevens-Marzo's cheerful spreads with friendly, smiling animals will appeal to children. The bright monochromatic backgrounds, thick bold outlines, and use of interesting perspectives make the illustrations quite striking. A charming book for one-on-one sharing or storytimes.
—Robin L. GibsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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"How do you make a baby smile? Grin like Papa Crocodile." The animal kingdom comes to the rescue of a baby's doting older sister in this simple, rhyming bedtime story that offers numerous tips on how to amuse fussy youngsters of all species. Each oversized, color-drenched double-page spread features an animal parent's loving attempt to keep baby happy. Mama Elephant wiggles an ear to make her not-very-wee one smile, Daddy Deer shakes his horns for his spotted fawn and Papa Giraffe twists his neck to delight his long-lashed cutie pie. In the end, the baby's human sister tickles her brother under his chin, and when he yawns, tucks him into bed with his menagerie, cleverly composed of stuffed versions of the nine animals previously pictured. The friendly artwork, all affectionate animal eyes and big animal smiles, is a baby-pleasing combination of rich, saturated color, bold black lines and artful compositions. A cheerful, if not groundbreaking, offering for the very youngest baboons. (Picture book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060760724
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, and I Love Bugs!

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