What the Baby Hears

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From puppies and kittens to kangaroos and frogs, here is a wonderful way to introduce young children to animals and the sounds they make. Laura Godwin's rhyming, interactive text is beautifully coupled with Mary Morgan's sweet illustrations of parents and babies.

Rhyming text reveals the loving sounds baby animals hear from their parents, from the "nuzzle, nuzzle, nuzzle" heard by the colt to "I love you" heard by a human baby.

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Overview

From puppies and kittens to kangaroos and frogs, here is a wonderful way to introduce young children to animals and the sounds they make. Laura Godwin's rhyming, interactive text is beautifully coupled with Mary Morgan's sweet illustrations of parents and babies.

Rhyming text reveals the loving sounds baby animals hear from their parents, from the "nuzzle, nuzzle, nuzzle" heard by the colt to "I love you" heard by a human baby.

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Publishers Weekly
"What the puppy hears Lick, lick, lick What the beetle hears click, click, click." Godwin's (Central Park Serenade, reviewed below) rhythmic, comforting chant explores the parent-child bond across familiar species. Rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, Morgan's (the Rosie series) sunlit full-bleed illustrations depict the grown animals and their offspring in loving poses. While she anthropomorphizes her subjects somewhat, her careful attention to detail gives the audience a good sense of the physical differences between younger and older animals. For example, a joey is tucked inside its mother's pouch as she bounds across the savanna. Elsewhere, an eye-level view presents tadpoles swimming underwater as the mother frog peeks above the surface of a pond. The final spread shows four toddlers bouncing at the knee of their guitar-playing caregiver: "What the baby hears I love you!" The slightly undersize format (8Y" 8Y"), the up-close perspectives and the attractively laid out, large font all help invite readers into the book. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Attractive spreads and a rhyming text introduce a variety of animal babies and their parents as well as the sounds they make. For example, "What the bear cub hears- Grrr, grrr, grrr What the kitten hears- Purr, purr, purr." The language is simple and repetitive, and the rhythm of the verses remains consistent, allowing young listeners to follow along easily. Many of the sounds are not vocalized, as a horse "nuzzles" its colt, a kid "guzzles" milk from its mother, and a joey takes a ride in a kangaroo pouch ("Boink, boink, boink"). The final spread reads, "What the baby hears- I love you," and shows four small children dancing around a man playing a guitar, marking an unexpected and slightly incongruous departure from the parent-child theme. Done in watercolors and colored pencils, the illustrations use warm hues, rounded shapes, and soft lines to create a cozy mood. All of the animals look content and many seem to be smiling. The large, uncluttered pictures and catchy sound effects make this a natural choice for group sharing.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Babies, whether kittens, owlets, joeys, or tadpoles, hear different sounds from burps to purrs; this sweet story has them all. Each double-paged spread features a new baby and the sounds that it might hear, "What the piglet hears—Oink, oink, oink / What the joey hears—Boink, boink, boink." Bringing it all back home, the story concludes with "What the baby hears—"I love you!" Softly smudged illustrations rendered in watercolors and colored pencils depict the babies of all sizes and shapes. Repetitive sounds and phrases and the simple rhyming text make this a perfect read-aloud selection. Toddlers will delight in the sounds that this selection will encourage. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786805600
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many picture books for children, including What the Baby Hears, Central Park Serenade, Barnyard Prayers, The Flower Girl, Little White Dog and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.
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