The World Is Full of Babies!: How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop

The World Is Full of Babies!: How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop

by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
     
 
All over the earth, babies are born and are grow up. Human babies sleep cozily in cribs, while seabird chicks sleep on cliff perches high above the ocean. New butterflies take to the air as human babies learn to crawl, then walk. In this friendly, accessible picture book, the authors gently encourage young readers to think and to question. Illustrated.

Overview

All over the earth, babies are born and are grow up. Human babies sleep cozily in cribs, while seabird chicks sleep on cliff perches high above the ocean. New butterflies take to the air as human babies learn to crawl, then walk. In this friendly, accessible picture book, the authors gently encourage young readers to think and to question. Illustrated.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This upbeat if slim volume takes a cursory look at how human babies' development compares to that of various animals, revealing similarities as well as differences among species. Manning and Granstrm ably target their audience with a simple yet descriptive presentation: "All over the earth, babies are getting dirty!... If you were a cat or a polecat kitten you would be licked clean every day by your mom's rough tongue." Children learn that while "You slept cozy in a crib with blankets and gentle music," baby bats "sleep upside down, hanging on with tiny fingernails in a drafty old roof space." Combining somewhat childlike spot art, an open, 26-point typeface and handlettered captions, these pages have an informal feel. Though not a must-buy, this holds a dual enticement for preschoolers, who can't seem to get enough information about tiny animals, a category that includes themselves as babies. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In this book, Manning presents information about conception and early growing. One of the reasons I'm drawn to this book is that the reproductive element is treated as only one stage of growth in the journey from gestation to exploring the world. The information serves a whole range of ages, neither overwhelming younger children, nor boring those who are older. For example, we see how babies are diapered and bathed in a way that toddlers will understand and then there is a bit more information to hold the interest of a slightly older learner; "if you were a kingfisher baby you'd sit happily in a stinking mess of rotten fish bones and droppings!" The illustrations are as playful as the text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1An entertaining and informative comparison of human infants and children with puppies, elephant calves, polar bear cubs, cuckoo chicks, seal pups, and many other familiar and exotic animals. The authors touch on gestation, feeding, sleeping, transportation, and cleanliness. The differences in animal development are explained in lively, informal words. The main text is printed in a traditional Roman typeface; captions for the illustrations are hand-lettered. The cartoonlike watercolors are splashed across the pages in an interesting variety of sizes and positions. The artwork is simple, amusing, energetic, and realistic. For example, a nude infant is shown lying on a very messy diaper, and another baby is shown being breast fed. The children depicted are winsome and multiethnic.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Subtitled "How All Sorts of Babies Grow and Develop," this is an overview, in simple text and softly colored drawings, of the universal experiences of infancy that humans share with other species: gestation, birth, crying, sleeping; being carried, cleaned, and fed; learning to walk (or swim or fly), explore, and play. The creatures range from butterflies to whales, all wearing happy expressions as they go about their business of growing up. It's a book likely to stimulate questions, particularly about the birth process or some of the odd animal behaviors mentioned. Pair this with Ann Morris's The Baby Book (1995), which depicts a similar range of activities among human babies in full-color photographs, or Ron Hirschi's A Time for Babies (1993), which looks at wild animal offspring.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385322584
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.47(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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