Where's the Baby?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Singer/songwriter Paxton follows up his most recent picture book for the very young ( The Animals' Lullabye ) with another tranquil bedtime story. His verse poses a guessing game of sorts: ``Where's the baby? In the car? / Is she traveling very far? / Sitting there in her own car seat? / Honking her horn on Maple Street?'' As such, it chronicles a day's repertoire of baby activities--exploring cupboards, riding in the car, playing in the playpen, bathtime, storytime and, finally, bedtime. The premise may be tried but it's also true, and Paxton's rhymes have a quietly lilting quality. Graham adds interest by introducing a kitten, proposing it as the respondent to all Paxton's questions. Each full spread serves as a sprawling canvas, filled with Graham's uncluttered, lustrous paintings of an orderly world, serene and desirable. Ages 2-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-In this playful, rhythmic game of hide-and-seek, a gray kitten searches for a toddler. Some of her customary hiding places are predictable-car seat, high chair, playpen, bathtub. Others, while still appropriate, are more unique-the kitchen floor, where she builds a wall of pea-soup cans; the couch, where she tells stories to her Teddy Bear; Daddy's knee. Paxton has fashioned rhyming stanzas of eight lines each that vividly describe the youngster's activities. Words such as hammering, rattling, splashing, laughing, and phrases like ``Telling him tales in Teddy talk'' please the ear and the imagination. Graham's lovely, light-filled paintings expand and enhance the verses. The backgrounds are in soft, fuzzy colors, as if viewed through a haze. A spotlight shines on the little girl, making her peaches-and-cream skin glow and setting her strawberry-blond hair ablaze. Near the edge of each double-page spread is the kitten, always one step behind. When at last the child is found ``Safe in bed,'' the animal snuggles into the quilt nearby. Prime bedtime fare.-Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Janice Del Negro
From room to room and activity to activity, we follow a busy, cherubic toddler through beautifully rendered oil paintings and an easygoing, rhyming text that asks and tries to answer the title question. "Where's the baby? / In the tub? / Does she like to 'rub-a-dub-dub'? / Is she playing with bathtub toys / And making lots of bathtub noise? / Splashing, laughing, loving it so. / Is she in the bathtub? / NO!" From puzzle making to having dinner to brushing her hair, each homey event is reassuringly depicted, and Paxton's quietly cheery rhymes comfort and amuse. The double-page spreads make this a good choice for evening story times, as well as a terrific bedtime book for one-on-one reading aloud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688106928
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 11.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton, author of The Story of the Tooth Fairy and The Story of Santa Claus, lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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