Little Baby Buttercup

Little Baby Buttercup

by Linda Ashman, You Byun
     
 

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In this delightful love letter to a growing child, Linda Ashman and You Byun celebrate the magic of those fleeting days of early childhood. Their lively read-aloud shows the delight to be found in the world of a toddler. Every day brings new milestones and adventure—and little Buttercup is eager to reach out and experience it all, while her mother is always

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In this delightful love letter to a growing child, Linda Ashman and You Byun celebrate the magic of those fleeting days of early childhood. Their lively read-aloud shows the delight to be found in the world of a toddler. Every day brings new milestones and adventure—and little Buttercup is eager to reach out and experience it all, while her mother is always eager to reach out with a hug. Rhyming text captures a mother and baby's joy in their shared time, and charming paintings make all the moments—both quiet and boisterous—shine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/24/2014
Ashman (Rain!) and Byun (Dream Friends) follow their eponymous heroine (who is actually a toddler) and her mother from wake-up to nighttime, eschewing any big highs or lows in favor of letting simple, endearing incidents accumulate. Sunny, digitally enhanced, watercolor-and-ink drawings show a round-faced girl with rosy cheeks and a ready smile as she turns a pancake into a hat, spots a bluebird, and rambles throughout the playground. Her mother, a steady presence, contentedly catalogues her daughter’s activities: “Spy a squirrel./ Pet a pooch/ Oh—a soggy doggy smooch!” Spraying Mom with a garden hose is the most serious transgression, and a skinned hand is quickly bandaged and kissed. Those seeking a little more pep and zip may not make it to the closing scene of Buttercup and her mother dozing on the couch. But it’s also easy to imagine how these pages could become a go-to source of calm and comfort. Ashman and Byun make a case that in both noticing and being noticed, we are loved and lucky. Up to age 2. Author’s agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Jan.)
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“Rocks with simple, solid rhymes (encouraging participation and pleasingly predictable to listeners). . . . A joyful, one-sided conversation that narrates the everyday pleasures that spring from the care for a small child. . . . Visually describe[s] the variety of tiny experiences a single day with a toddler brings as well as a parent’s intense focus on their little one. . . . Cozy, predictable, cheerful and brimming with motherly love—a dependably pleasing read-aloud for the smaller set.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Endearing. . . . Easy to imagine how these pages could become a go-to source of calm and comfort. Ashman and Byun make a case that in both noticing and being noticed, we are loved and lucky.”—Publishers Weekly

“Ashman deftly integrates rich vocabulary into her couplets. . . . The soft colors and spare details suit the intended young audience.”—School Library Journal

“Playful . . . captures the special, loving relationship between parent and toddler. . . . The bouncing, enthusiastic toddler depicted in Byun’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations perfectly matches Ashman’s jaunty, rhythmic lines. . . . Little ones will easily relate to many of Buttercup’s moments. . . . This cozy title is a treat to read aloud for little ears, and a great fit for bedtime. . . . About unconditional love in both big and small moments.”—Booklist

School Library Journal
12/01/2014
PreS-K—A mother narrates a day's events to her toddler, from home tasks to a park outing. The pair enjoys mischief with a hose, a baked treat, and animal watching. Ashman deftly integrates rich vocabulary ("topple, "soggy," "journey") into her couplets. Byun's cartoons are paint-brushed ink on watercolor and have been digitally manipulated. The soft colors and spare details suit the intended young audience who nevertheless may not keep attentive for the entire tale.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-22
Little Baby Buttercup blooms under the sunny warmth of her mother's love, beaming as she eats (and wears) breakfast, builds with blocks, works the garden hose, hits the playground and returns home. This read-aloud assumes mother's singsong-y voice, which rocks with simple, solid rhymes (encouraging participation and pleasingly predictable to listeners). "Little Baby Buttercup, / how I love to scoop you up. / Scoop you up and hold you near. / Kiss your little baby ear." She addresses her beloved blossom throughout in a joyful, one-sided conversation that narrates the everyday pleasures that spring from the care for a small child. Inset scenes, both framed and floating, and full-bleed spreads visually describe the variety of tiny experiences a single day with a toddler brings as well as a parent's intense focus on their little one. Paintbrush and ink atop watercolor paper allow for both specificity and soft washes of color. Children might point out a dog's bristly fur or a rose's myriad petals, while a tree's canopy softly glows yellow across the background. Cozy, predictable, cheerful and brimming with motherly love—a dependably pleasing read-aloud for the smaller set. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399167638
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/29/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,158,226
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 Months to 2 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Ashman (www.lindaashman.com) is the author of more than twenty-five picture books, including, most recently, Rain!, which Kirkus called “altogether delightful” in a starred review. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, the IRA/CBC and more. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, son, and two dogs. 
 
You Byun (www.youbyun.com) wrote and illustrated Dream Friends, and her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines around the world. Born in Queens, New York, she grew up in Korea, Japan, and the US, and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she goes on a daily afternoon walk wishing she had a dog like Buttercup’s.

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