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Time to Say Bye-Bye
     

Time to Say Bye-Bye

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
 

A perfect picture book for toddlers on the go!

All toddlers live by the pleasure principle. For them, fun times always end too soon. So often they either turn a deaf ear to the words "It's time to say bye-bye" or simply throw a tantrum. What is the solution? In this warm-hearted picture book, Maryann Cocca-Leffler follows a toddler from morning to bedtime,

Overview

A perfect picture book for toddlers on the go!

All toddlers live by the pleasure principle. For them, fun times always end too soon. So often they either turn a deaf ear to the words "It's time to say bye-bye" or simply throw a tantrum. What is the solution? In this warm-hearted picture book, Maryann Cocca-Leffler follows a toddler from morning to bedtime, showing that all saying "byebye" really means is that you're ready to say "hello" to the next fun thing on your "agenda." With a bare minimum of words, and playful artwork, this is one of those rare read-alouds perfect for very young children.

Editorial Reviews

BCCB

"This would be a great addition to a babies' laptime, particularly if the little ones were encouraged to say/wave bye-bye along with the story."

Children's Literature - Kristen Kelley
A little boy has fun-filled day swinging at the park, making cookies with his grandmother, playing with his blocks, splashing in the bathtub, and reading stories with his mother. He has such a good time at each activity that it is hard for him to leave. He is a good boy though and says bye-bye to his toys, friends, etc., when it is time to go. The book ends with the little tot not feeling sleepy but going to sleep anyway because he knows it is his bedtime. This book is perfect for toddlers, especially those who protest saying goodbye to friends when playtime is over or going to sleep when it is time for bed. The illustrations are colorful and vibrant and show the toddler happily engaged in a variety of daily activities. The text is short and simple—basically captions that describe the pictures. The book is sure to be a favorite bedtime or anytime story for a little one.
School Library Journal
PreS—Young children are rarely prepared to leave a fun activity, even if something better awaits them. This chronicle of a typical day in the life of a busy toddler is perhaps a bit unrealistic in the way the youngster happily complies after only a moment's hesitation. "Bye-bye cookies. Bye-bye flowers. Bye-bye Grandma." And it's off to the next frolic. However, children and adults alike will find the pages of vibrant, sweet, watercolor illustrations captivating. The pictures, along with a spare text, make this an enjoyable read-aloud for the youngest of listeners. And maybe the behavior modeled by the child will be catching.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Many books have mimicked Goodnight Moon, and this rendition applies much the same formula, substituting the title phrase with bye-byes and extending it through a busy day. A toddler is taken to the park, where he swings, digs and has fun, but when it's time to go, he says, "I don't want to leave." The unseen adult says, "It's time to say bye-bye," so the child obligingly says bye-bye to the swing, the sandbox and his friend. A visit to Grandma sees a similar scenario, with bye-byes to the cookies, flowers and Grandma. Back home means eating, building and a toy parade, with subsequent bye-byes to dishes, blocks and toys. Bath time and bedtime follow with night-nights to the light, books and Mommy, with time for sweet dreams. Cocca-Leffler's sprightly illustrations are sweet but not saccharine, and their positivity is useful for adults trying to deal with "I don't want to go" whiners. Each objection to leaving by the toddler is expressed in the first-person and printed in red. So effective is the delivery here that parents may find themselves saying bye-bye to things they'd never imagined talking to. (Picture book. 0-2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670013098
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/16/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Time to Say Bye-Bye by Maryann Cocca-Leffler:

"...vibrant, sweet, watercolor illustrations ... along with a spare text, make this an enjoyable read-aloud for the youngest of listeners." —School Library Journal

"This would be a great addition to a babies' laptime, particularly if the little ones were encouraged to say/wave bye-bye along with the story." —BCCB

"So effective is the delivery here that parents may find themselves saying bye-bye to things they'd never imagined talking to." —Kirkus

"The appropriately short text captures the rhythm of the child's day ... Bright and sunny, the mixed-media illustrations create an appealing world full of recognizable things." —Booklist

Meet the Author

Maryann Cocca-Leffler (www.maryanncoccaleffler.com) lives in Amherst, New York.

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