What Will We Do with the Baby-O?

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They say that music has the power to soothe the savage beast, but what about a baby? This collection of rhymes and songs offers pieces ranging from the traditional “Trot Trot to Boston” to Woody Guthrie’s “Jig Along Home.” Theo Heras, well-known children’s librarian and talented performer, shares ten favorite songs and rhymes and suggests how they can be used by parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers.

Vibrant illustrations by Jennifer Herbert narrate a day in the life ...

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Overview

They say that music has the power to soothe the savage beast, but what about a baby? This collection of rhymes and songs offers pieces ranging from the traditional “Trot Trot to Boston” to Woody Guthrie’s “Jig Along Home.” Theo Heras, well-known children’s librarian and talented performer, shares ten favorite songs and rhymes and suggests how they can be used by parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers.

Vibrant illustrations by Jennifer Herbert narrate a day in the life of a baby and his quirky family. Young ones will enjoy spending time with them as they sing, clap, and bounce the day away.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Heras, a children's librarian, assembles a highly idiosyncratic song collection: among the 10 ditties she's thrown together are the bumptious "Jig Along Home, " the mordant "The Riddle Song" ("I gave my love a cherry that had no stone...") and the odd "Ally Bally Bee" (a song that may be better known in Canada, home of both author and illustrator). Herbert, working in a style that may be best described as 1930s Fleischer Studio animation meets 1960s retro, tries to tie this hodgepodge together with a visual narrative arc; she follows one inexhaustible and endearingly bald toddler boy (the title's Baby-O), his two overcompensating, very girly sisters, and their harried parents from morning 'til night. The tactic never overcomes the collection's stitched-together feel, but if readers take the spreads on an individual basis, the illustrations' bright bounciness is undeniably spunky. And Herbert nails how a youngest child's oblivious irrepressibility can both energize family life and make everyone yearn for bedtime. Ages 2-5. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This clever activity book is a collection of familiar rhymes and songs for parents and care-givers to share with little ones. Traditional folk, rhyming songs and familiar classics form the core of this title. The brilliantly-colored illustrations and the large-faced, big-eyed smiling people that provide the story line will appeal to the very young. The story begins with the family in the morning as mom and dad greet the children and start the day with music and a horsy-back ride on dad. Other familiar routines include the family walk for ice cream cones, the sliding board in the park and a walk home at the end of the day's outing. Supper, then a bubble-bath and good-night story end the day. A lullaby provides the inspiration for sleep. Suggestions on how to enjoy the songs with young children are included. The music for the songs is also provided. Some of the classic tunes included are "As I Was Going to St. Ives" and "Hush Little Baby." 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 2 to 4.
—Sue Reichard
Kirkus Reviews
This collection of ten rhymes and songs manages to group some traditional favorites such as Trot Trot to Boston and Hush Little Baby with more modern folk songs like Woodie Guthrie's Jig Along Home. Simple graphics rendered in a vibrant palette feature a family of five enjoying their day from morning coffee and horsey rides to bath time and bed. Cartoon-like, they feature big bright eyes-often opened really wide; little spots for mouths-unless formed in a huge smile; upturned noses shaped like an upside-down u; and pink polka-dotted spots for cheeks. Accompanying each rhyme are suggestions for hand or body movements that can enhance playtime with baby and music for most of the selections follows at the end. A unique grouping of rhymes and bold illustrations make this selection a standout. There will be no question about what to do with baby with this collection around. Lively, toe-tapping fun. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766893
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 11/2/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.21 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Theo Heras has worked in libraries for over thirty years. She is now in the job she loves the best, the Children’s Literature Resource Collection Specialist at the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library. She is active in the children’s literature community as a book reviewer, children’s librarian, mother, grandmother, and singer. Her book reviews have appeared in School Library Journal, Quill & Quire, Resource Links, Children’s Book News, and Books in Canada. Her articles have appeared in Horn Book and CCL (Canadian Children’s Literature). She loves bringing children and books together.

Jennifer Herbert is noted for her keen sense of color and design. Her talent has been sought after by industries such as advertising, publishing, film, and fine art. Her lyrical paintings created for publications throughout North America are exhibited in various art galleries. Born in Bennington, Vermont, Jennifer now works out of Toronto.

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