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Children's LiteratureThe familiar song "Rock-a-bye Baby" begins this book. Then the book follows with ten verses to the same tune. The baby goes with his teddy bear on an adventure down a creek, through valley and hill, through trees, to mountains covered with snow, and back home to his mother's side. The illustrations are a mixture of watercolors and collage. Items like an afghan, material, hair, feathers, sticks, rocks, and other objects are used to create a textured world for the baby. This book would be perfect for a mother to sing to her child while her child is still an infant. Toddlers will enjoy looking at the pictures and finding the baby and the bear in different scenes throughout the book. Music and verses are provided in the back of the book. 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 3 mo. to 4.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins