Some Babies

Some Babies

by Amy Schwartz

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schwartz revives a familiar bedtime picture-book theme in this lesser companion to A Teeny Tiny Baby. A park playground is visible through the bedroom window as a baby signals a stall in the bedtime ritual, first by throwing a blanket out of the crib, then by handing off teddy bear and milk bottle to his or her mother. The child then gives a clear directive: "Mommy, talk about some babies in park." Growing increasingly sleepy, the patient woman utters a slow-moving litany of toddlers' activities in the park, detailing how they use the playground equipment, what they wear and what they eat as snacks. The woman insists that her mouth has become "fuzzy" and she cannot continue with her storytelling. But the persistent child goads her on--in sometimes unconvincing baby-speak--until she finally nods off. After several unanswered queries ("Mommy? Mommy sleep?"), the baby calls out, "Daddy? DADDY MORE!" bringing this passable story to a wry if not entirely surprising conclusion. Brightly hued gouache pictures convey the comical contrast between the energy of the wide-eyed baby, as well as his peers in the playground, and the fatigue of the exhausted mother. But the spare language that so successfully conveyed the child's point of view in Schwartz's earlier volume gets clouded by a predominantly adult perspective here. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-In this follow-up to Schwartz's A Teeny, Tiny Baby (Orchard, 1994), a wide-awake toddler puts off bedtime with a seemingly simple request: "Mommy, talk about some babies in park." Tucked comfortably in crib and with bottle in hand, the youngster listens as the mother patiently details how different children enjoy their outings-going down the slide, splashing in the sprinklers, snacking in their strollers, digging in the dirt, and riding and colliding on their tricycles. Each time she tries to bring her story to a close and say goodnight, the child demands more. Finally, it is the mother who falls asleep while the bright-eyed youngster calls out, "Daddy, more!" In the appealing gouache artwork, pictures of parent and child alternate with scenes of toddlers participating in the described activities. The bright hues and cheerful patterns of the children's clothing make a nice contrast to the grainy gray sidewalks and rusty-colored bricks of the city-park setting. The occasional use of a white background helps to focus attention and keeps the layout from becoming too frenzied. All of the little ones are busy doing something, and their facial expressions range from fierce concentration to steely determination to total enjoyment. The soothing tone of the repetitive text balances nicely with the high-energy illustrations. An engaging choice for toddlers who like to look at other toddlers, as well as for those who can appreciate a good delay tactic.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

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