That Special Little Baby
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  • That Special Little Baby

That Special Little Baby

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by Jane Ann Peddicord, Meilo So
     
 

The little baby in this touching picture book can coo and crawl and grab her toes. But this baby grows up fast! As a big girl, she can run and draw—and even gives the potty a try. The story takes readers back and forth from baby to toddler, capturing all the fun growing up can be.
     Jane Ann Peddicord's lyrical text and

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The little baby in this touching picture book can coo and crawl and grab her toes. But this baby grows up fast! As a big girl, she can run and draw—and even gives the potty a try. The story takes readers back and forth from baby to toddler, capturing all the fun growing up can be.
     Jane Ann Peddicord's lyrical text and Meilo So's lush watercolors harmonize in an inspired celebration of baby beginnings and toddler triumphs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Human babies have been growing up for thousands of years now, but it's still an amazing phenomenon-at least to the babies and their parents. Peddicord (Night Wonders) marvels at how one baby girl in particular started out "very soft and very new"-why, she "could not walk or even count to two." Buoyant rhymes describe her impressive feats- she "bobbled in the bubble bath beneath a sudsy do./ That baby splashed and sprayed and played/ and made a floating boat parade"-in between choruses explaining how the baby "grew and grew and GREW!" So (Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats) proves an ideal partner for Peddicord's jubilant voice. Her infant heroine is as wide-eyed as they come, and kids will find her scenes of pint-size bliss familiar. The illustrator's colors have a gorgeous clarity and vibrancy-the oranges and yellows glow, the reds burst off the page. But even more important, this special little baby looks wonderfully ordinary: a bit lumpy in infancy (in one spread, her diaper is hilariously exaggerated), she becomes full of beans in toddlerhood. Attentive readers will have fun spotting parallels: a spread in which the baby gazes at a kitten precedes a picture in which the now older girl and her father sport painted-on cat faces. Preschoolers will adore seeing themselves become so mature-and so will their parents. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The perfect baby gift for new parents, this delightful picture book follows the changes in one baby girl as she moves from infancy to toddlerhood. From sleeping all day to gurgling and eating solid foods, from baths to eventually swimming in a pool, from the first recognition of colors and objects to reading a book "on her own," we see this special baby grow up. The different experiences of her life are connected by the repeated phrase "and grew and grew and grew." Meila So's watercolor illustrations, in soft pastels, blurred lines, and broad strokes, provide the perfect feel for a book focused on a baby who starts as a bundle of energy and creates her own definitions as she gets older, both in text and in picture. Early readers will enjoy the book as it is very easy to read and, as noted, the repetition of key words help create the sense of growth and provide an easy-reading context for developing readers. This is a lovely book that parents and their little ones can enjoy together. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Cooing, crawling, and grabbing her toes, a "very special baby" cries, sighs, and snuggles all day long. She cannot walk or talk, but she discovers the many things she can do as she grows. This is a perfect celebration covering all of the steps that a newborn makes en route to becoming a toddler. The lush, enormously appealing illustrations perfectly mesh with the bouncy rhyme that takes readers through all the triumphs that little ones experience. Step by step, the excitement builds as the little girl reaches, climbs, swings, and slides. Sure to be a much-demanded, "Read-it-again" picture book, this positive can-do look at babyhood can be matched with Michael Lawrence's Baby Loves (DK, 1999), Penny Gentieu's Grow! Babies! (Crown, 2000), Amy Hest's The Babies Are Coming (Crown, 1997), and Susan Meyers's Everywhere Babies (Harcourt, 2001).
—Andrea TarrCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Peddicord creates a heartfelt story commemorating the wonderful development that occurs between infancy and early childhood. She portrays the various stages of achievements and milestones most infants go through. The repetition of the first and last verses in each section creates a gentle rhythm in the tale and expands upon the theme of continuity through change. But it's the compelling juxtaposition of Peddicord's text with So's ethereal artwork that conveys the essential meaning. Each section detailing the accomplishments of the baby concludes with the phrase, "and grew and grew . . . and grew!" with the accompanying watercolor illustrations depicting the baby as a preschooler engaged in a similar but more advanced extension of the infant's activity. For example, depictions of a crawling baby tugging on mother's skirt segue into an exuberant tot running across a field of flowers. This joyful testimony to a child's progression is bound to appeal to a preschooler's sense of pride in their recent gains. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152054304
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

JANE ANN PEDDICORD 's first book for children, Night Wonders, won an IRA Children's Book Award. She lives near Austin, Texas.

MEILO SO has illustrated several beautiful award-winning books for children. She lives in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

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That Special Little Baby 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SPRINGER More than 1 year ago
My three year old carries this book with him and wants us to read it to him every day. It's wonderful to hold him in my lap and relive all his accomplishments and mishaps. Such a warm and loving time together!