Sunday, May 1, 2011

Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies. Susan Meyers. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. 2001/2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 30 pages.

Every day, everywhere, babies are born~
fat babies, thin babies, small babies, tall babies
winter and spring babies, summer and fall babies.

Every day, everywhere, babies are kissed~
on their cheeks, on their ears, their fingers, their nose,
on the top of their head, on their tummy, their toes.

Every day, everywhere, babies are dressed~
in diapers and T-shirts, in buntings and sleepers,
in playsuits and dresses, in sweaters and creepers.

I really enjoyed this board book! I loved the text. It was simple. It was rhythmic. It flowed well. And, the subject matter--it being ALL about babies--well, it works! I loved the art. (It's Marla Frazee!!! Whose work I just adore!!!) On every page readers see babies being babies. Capturing the simple little things that make up a baby's day, a baby's life. And I *liked* the message. That babies are babies are babies no matter WHERE you live. Yet this book is NOT message-driven.

The board book is large--much larger than most board books. And the art while not being bright, bright, super-bright should engage little ones nonetheless. 

© 2011 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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