Love Song for a Baby

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Come hear a song about a baby,
a very special baby.
Come hear a song about you.

This affectionate tribute to the all-encompassing love of a child will touch parents' and grandparents' hearts at the same time that it satisfies children's requests to tell them about when they were little. Best-selling author ...

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Come hear a song about a baby,
a very special baby.
Come hear a song about you.

This affectionate tribute to the all-encompassing love of a child will touch parents' and grandparents' hearts at the same time that it satisfies children's requests to tell them about when they were little. Best-selling author Marion Dane Bauer's lyrical text and award-winning illustrator Dan Andreasen's timeless paintings combine to create a gift of love — for parent and child alike.
And oh,
how we love you!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Come hear a song about a baby,/ a very special baby./ Come hear a song about you," begins this heartfelt ode to a baby's first experiences. Bauer's (My Mother Is Mine) simile-laden, simple verses boast songlike rhythms, always ending with the phrase, "we loved you" (e.g., "When you came into our arms,/ slippery as salmon,/ puckered as prunes,/ loud as a lion,/ already we knew,/ we loved you"). Andreasen (A Quiet Place) in perhaps his most intimate work yet, creates oil paintings that soften the baby's features in a series of cascading parallel lines to form an almost impressionistic view of the child. After Bauer extends the invitation with the opening lines, the artist shows a toddler clearly the baby at the book's center poised as if about to hear about his or her babyhood. In the next spread, Andreasen shows the father placing his ear on the mother's very expectant belly; he then uses succeeding illustrations to portray the baby's development, from smiling newborn to endearing toddler. Feathery and heavy brush strokes add texture to paintings that exude an antique quality with their ruddy hues and creamy, pale pink matte borders. The accoutrements of infancy (blocks, pacifier, bib and booties) appear in vignettes beneath each text block to complement the facing illustrations. With its warm words and joyful portraits, this accessible volume will be a favorite among young listeners. Ages 1-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The bright-eyed wonder of babies is fully captured in this loving tribute graced with outstanding illustrations. Each page is a close-up of a single Gerberesque infant whose gradual growth is subtly re-created. The paintings are highly textured; visible brush lines create a sense of movement, of vibrancy just barely contained. The sensation of what it feels like to hold a baby, to touch one, radiate from the page, a joy that adults will surely relish remembering. Children may not have such a visceral reaction to the art, although they will sense the magic. The narrative is framed by an older child who is asked to "Come hear a song about a baby,/a very special baby./Come hear a song about you." This title celebrates all the things parents do with an infant, the snuggling, the clapping, the drying of tears. And why? Because "we loved you," a phrase that is repeated at the end of almost every stanza. This may not be a book that youngsters will ask for again and again, but whenever they're in need of comfort or reassurance, it will relax all defenses.- Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The lyrical verses of this tribute to all the things there are to love about a baby, begins as a mother tells her young son about his earliest days. Tiny hands, perfect toes, rounded features, and even burps become beautiful when viewed through a parent's loving eyes. Text accompanied by a small illustration faces each full-page painting of the cherubic baby. From a portrait of the expectant parents, through the newborn weeks, to the first hesitant steps of the toddler, this follows the development of one small boy. The mother relates to her young child all the things that there were to love about him as a baby. A final painting features the family in an embrace. An expressive baby full of grins and bright eyes beams out from each oil painting. Parents and grandparents alike will recognize the shy smiles, impish looks, and proud grins. Unfortunately, the uninspired text seems a bit too icky-sweet for even the most tearful young mother. Instead of being simply repetitive, it quickly becomes droning. Fortunately, the beautiful illustrations need no addition for them to shine. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689822681
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 233,311
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother's Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    Sweet Book!

    I purchased this book as a gift for a friend who was a first time Grandma. It is a sweet little book that will be perfect for her to read to her grandson. Beautiful pictures!

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Sensitively written, beautifully illustrated!

    This is the perfect gift for new parents, as they are experiencing these feelings about their newborn.

    It would also be so appropriate for a young child experiencing his or her sibling's arrival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Love Song for a Baby

    This is a beautifully illustrated book -can be used from infancy because of the poetry, and used later in the child's life because the pictures are so realistic. I't a lovely, timeless book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005


    This wonderful book made me cry after the third page to the very end. I'm expecting my first baby and this book will be read to her over and over again after she joins me and my husband in the outside world. (I'm also reading it to her on the inside as well!!) This is my new favorite and will become a lovely gift to my friends who are expecting or recently delivered. Buy a few copies when you do pick it up!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    I saw this book in the library and HAD to go out to buy it...2 copies!

    This is a very nice story to read to your child...and save for them later. I recently checked it out of the library for my son. The first picture of the baby (inside cover)looks just like my second son. The little kid looks like my first. The book can be for either a girl or a boy. The part that really moved me to tears was the part that describes how the author dreamed of, wanted, and planned for a baby. I could vividly remember how we planned our first son and by the third in-vitro procedure we finally had our child. I also remember the second one coming after we figured we were lucky enough to have the one. Some people win the lottery and get a lot of money. Our lottery was our one-in-a-million chance babies. My plan is to read this story until they are too old or grow tire of it. I will tuck it away (one copy for each child) with a description in the book similar to this and return it again when they either marry or have a child of their own.

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