Tummy Girl
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Tummy Girl

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by Roseanne Thong, Sam Williams
     
 

Celebrate the girl you love

From wobbly first steps to romping in the rain, this vibrant book captures the precious early years of a child’s life and a parent’s wish for her bright future. Styled as an adorable “album” of art and verse, this is a fresh new portrait of the most cherished years of childhood.

 

Tummy

Overview

Celebrate the girl you love

From wobbly first steps to romping in the rain, this vibrant book captures the precious early years of a child’s life and a parent’s wish for her bright future. Styled as an adorable “album” of art and verse, this is a fresh new portrait of the most cherished years of childhood.

 

Tummy Girl is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A paean to tender childhood moments . . . the book's reassuring message should resonate loud and clear."

Publishers Weekly

"One for daughters and their families to treasure."

Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this paean to tender childhood moments, a diminutive girl is first seen in a pose of quiet restfulness, her chubby tummy peeking out from beneath her shirt. "Once there was a tummy girl.../ A full-of-warm-milk yummy girl," writes Thong (The Wishing Tree) in fluent Mommy lingo. The poem follows the girl into her first few years of life, giving Williams (No More Diapers for Ducky!) ample opportunities to sketch her in a series of snapshot-like poses-savoring bath bubbles, toddling in a diaper, romping at the beach and prancing in a tutu. None of these vignettes is startling in originality, but Williams's charcoal line has so much verve and affection and the subject exudes such cuteness that it's hard to quibble. But no matter how impressive the girl's talents and achievements (she is last seen in the starring role of the moon in a school play) or how big she becomes ("Soon you'll be my older girl, /A taller-than-my-shoulder girl,"), the grownups who love her will always think of her as their Tummy Girl. That nickname may not go over big by the time she reaches adolescence, but for the target audience, the book's reassuring message should resonate loud and clear. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K
This is a sweet romp of a rhyme about a "pink-as-a-piggly" baby who is growing up in the blink of an eye. There is so much to recommend here: the delicious verse and its galloping pace; the illustrations, on the vibrant spreads, that look like snapshots, coaxing little ones to remember that they are the centerpieces of their parents' lives; and the nudge to parents to keep in mind that selfsame truth. "Soon you'll be my older girl,/A taller-than-my-shoulder girl,/An 'I can do it!' older girl...,/You'll always be my Tummy Girl!" The charcoal-and-pastel pictures are thoughtful and exuberant in their depiction of such behaviors as crawling, feeding oneself, and dressing up. Children will cherish Tummy Girl .
—Susan WeitzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Thong's observance on the fleeting nature of childhood is wryly sentimental. Energetic verses detail a young girl's development from babyhood to early childhood with a glance toward the future. With thoughtful reflection, Thong captures each stage of development and wraps it up for readers in sprightly verse that may just bring a tear to the eyes of parents everywhere. From splashy tub times and exuberant self-feedings to increasing independence, Thong neatly balances the poignancy of watching a beloved child grow up with humor. Williams's charcoal and pastels feature a curly haired, angelic-looking tot evolving from round-bellied infancy to composed girlhood. The addition of digital coloring adds a visual pop to the gentle lines of the sketches. Interspersed among the two-page spreads are pages of playful "photographs" pasted scrapbook-style onto the pages that correlate neatly with the verses and add intrigue to the illustrations. Affecting without being maudlin, Thong's tale is one for daughters and their families to treasure. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076097
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/17/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.61(w) x 10.49(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Roseanne Thong is an award-winning author and English teacher who divides her time between Southern California and Hong Kong.

www.greenfield-thong.com

Sam Williams is the illustrator, art director, and designer of many books for children. He lives with his family in England.

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Tummy Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LaineysMommy More than 1 year ago
Very cute to read. My daughter is only 10 weeks old and I read it to her everyday. I am sure this will be one of her favorites when she is older. I am picky about books. I have to enjoy reading the book to my kids in order for me to really want to read it to them and this is definitely an enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago