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Baby Faces Board book – October 14, 1998
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As for concerns by some as to whether the book teaches a better range of facial expressions... Well, isn't that where the parent steps-in and interacts with the child and teaches him or her about a broad range of emotions and expressions? We can't leave it all to books and television. What it does do is teach my child about books and that there are things to be enjoyed about them, as well as learned from them.
Here's a run-down of the book and its content. The overall size of the book is ideal for small hands to handle and the pictures are essentially pictures of a toddler, head and shoulders. The ethnic appearances of the children (if ethnic relevance is a concern for you) are mostly Caucasian (brown hair and blond), and if you include the photos on the covers of the book as well as inside there are a few that appear to be Asian, and a few that appear to be of African or of Indian descent. The topics covered are: happy, sad, puzzled, surprised, peek-a-boo (preceded by a picture of a baby happily semi-hiding under a basket), angry, worried, crying, laughing, hungry, kissing (shows one child kissing the cheek of another), dirty, clean, tired, and "fast asleep".
It would be nice if the book was a little more sturdy, but it's no different from any other board book in that area. Afterall, the publisher probably wants us to buy more books. Right?
"Baby Faces" is really one of those literary works that improves upon multiple close readings. It's opens in what seems to be a bit of a cliched drawing room sort of novel, with "happy baby" and "sad baby". But then it throws you for a real loop with "puzzled baby" and "surprised baby" and you know this book is something different. The middle portion gets quite dark and troubled, with "angry baby", "worried baby", and "crying baby", but you find emotional catharsis with "laughing baby". Then there's a steamy interlude that rises through "hungry baby" and peaks with "kissing babies". The "man against himself" plot enters with "dirty baby" and culminates with "clean baby". And of course, the denouement of "tired baby" and "fast asleep" wraps up in a delightful and unexpected way. There just so much going on, I could read it again and again and again and again and again and find something new every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for infants! Sturdy tabs to lift, expressive baby face pictures, and a sleepy baby at the end.Published 3 days ago by Ashwin Lall
This is such a perfect book for my baby. He loves seeing the babies in the book. He is delighted every time we read it.Published 3 days ago by TCR
This was my kid's favorite first book. I had to buy it again because my oldest loved his to pieces.Published 6 days ago by Michelle Aaland
My daughter loved this book when she was a baby and my son now enjoys it too. It's a perfect 1st book for babies up through about age 2. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
My older daughter loved this book as a baby, but she's now 12 so I had to buy another one for my two month old. She also loves it! Read morePublished 27 days ago by Loves Amazon
Too many negative emotions and only few positive ones. Expressions are not as per emotions mentioned. Could have been better.Published 27 days ago by Divya
Best book! My son loves it! He loves to look at the babies and he coos at the different faces. He usually doesn't like books that are simply for reading, he prefers books that have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Bakst