Mommies and Their Babies

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Animal mothers and babies—rendered in black, white, and chalky grays—are placed against b&w backgrounds, creating an eye-catching high-contrast effect. Straightforward, lower-case phrases introduce each animal pair: “the penguin mommy with her baby chick... the sheep mommy with her baby lamb.” Dutch illustrator Van Genechten incorporates textural details—the elephants’ skin looks rough and crinkly, turtle shells have a loose checkerboard pattern—creating a design that is ...
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Animal mothers and babies—rendered in black, white, and chalky grays—are placed against b&w backgrounds, creating an eye-catching high-contrast effect. Straightforward, lower-case phrases introduce each animal pair: “the penguin mommy with her baby chick... the sheep mommy with her baby lamb.” Dutch illustrator Van Genechten incorporates textural details—the elephants’ skin looks rough and crinkly, turtle shells have a loose checkerboard pattern—creating a design that is sophisticated but fun.
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Publishers Weekly
Animal mothers and babies—rendered in black, white, and chalky grays—are placed against b&w backgrounds, creating an eye-catching high-contrast effect. Straightforward, lower-case phrases introduce each animal pair: “the penguin mommy with her baby chick... the sheep mommy with her baby lamb.” Dutch illustrator Van Genechten incorporates textural details—the elephants’ skin looks rough and crinkly, turtle shells have a loose checkerboard pattern—creating a design that is sophisticated but fun. Available simultaneously: Daddies and Their Babies. Up to age 3. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS—These board books share simple pictures of animal parents and their babies. Each page displays a different pair and provides the proper name of the animal's young, e.g., "the owl daddy and his baby owlet." Useful for language enrichment, both books have cheerful black-and-white pictures of the animals done in cut-paper collage. Van Genechten adds clever shade variations and creative textures that enhance each image.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
An ode to the powerful bond between mothers and babies. Ten animal babies dutifully follow or playfully explore with their mothers. All are done in black, white and gray against contrasting black or white backgrounds. They are cuddly, drawn with rounded lines and filled in with soft patterns and Photoshopped textures; even the spider looks nonthreatening. The brief text simply describes what is on the page, with no attempt at complete sentences, though accurate language is used to describe the babies: "the turtle mommy with her baby hatchling / the horse mommy with her baby foal." Daddies and Their Babies follows suit with the same conceptual design. The pairs are caring throughout, which will give pause to scientifically minded parents. While they may not mind the sight of an adult sheep frolicking with her little one, they may well be unhappy at the implication that spiders, turtles and snakes nurture their young. A sweet, if not particularly truthful, look at animal family life. (Board book. Birth-2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605371092
  • Publisher: Clavis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Black And White Series
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 969,108
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Guido van Genechten is an illustrator and the author of several bestselling children's books, including "Because I Love You So Much, The Big Baby Book, The Big Potty Book, The Big Sleep Book, Little Kangaroo, "and "No Ghost Under My Bed." He is the winner
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