Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
I initially questioned the observation that babies love to stare at the visages of other infants until I saw my own babies mesmerized by the faces of others. Two new board books by Robert Intrater that contain photos which focus on babies and a rhythmic text are Peek-A-Boo! and Smile!
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This six- inch board book contains ten page-size photographs of babies with various expressions on their faces. The author describes each expression with simple text appropriate for the youngest children. The book has several excellent features, including the use of a diverse group of children as models, and the use of large, distinct photos against a black background. There are one-word descriptions of each baby's expression on many of the pages. Laughing, crying, pouting, smiling, thinking, yawning and yelling are all portrayed along with several other actions. The full text is a simple rhyme composed of 20 words, which follows the babies' expressions. Children will enjoy looking at the baby faces and will learn to connect the expression with the word that describes it. The author has a companion book entitled SMILE!, which follows the same format. They are part of Scholastic's Baby Faces series.
School Library Journal
PreSTwo board books that preschoolers will love, particularly when snuggled in the lap of a loved one. Each page is filled with a color photo of a tot responding in some way to the photographer. Toothy grins and yawns, bright eyes, pouts, and tears deliver reinforcement for the spare text that echoes what all parents (and photographers) say and play to get that picture-perfect response; e.g., "Look at the birdie" and "Peek-a-boo! I love you." Toddlers love looking at other children and these titles hold plenty of interest for them.Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA