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Baby Love Hardcover – December 30, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

With some fresh takes on a familiar theme, newcomer Vestergaard captures the nuances of life in this winsome collection of verse. The title poem issues an invitation to "go get your baby, come sit for a while-/ We'll celebrate all kinds of love, baby-style." Several assume an adult's perspective: "Bubble beard drips down your chin,/ Sudsy fingers scrub your skin./ Slippy, slidey, soapy joking-/ Why am I the one who's soaking?!" a mother asks rhetorically in "Bathtime." A clever double entendre in "His Grace" pictures Baby presiding in his high chair ("Baby sits and watches us/ From his royal chair"), from which he adds the finishing touch to a pre-meal prayer ("As we sit to give our thanks,/ Baby nods and then,/ Soon as Mommy's done with grace,/ Baby shouts `Amen!' "). Curly ribbons of pink and blue punctuated by baby accoutrements border each of Wallace's (Flower Girl) softly rendered watercolors. Their homey style conveys both the precious and the humorous, as when a cheeky cherub catapults soup across the table at a weary mother: "We are wearing soup for lunch:/ Me a little,/ You, a bunch!" or an adorable infant grimaces with one lower tooth, framed in a wreath of flowers, hearts, crayons and teething rings: "Baby's grumpy,/ Down and dumpy!/ In those gums/ There's something bumpy!" Ending with an exhortation to "spoil those babies with one extra kiss," these snapshots of an infant's endearing moments will appeal to baby lovers of all ages. Ages 2-up.
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PreSchool-K-An assortment of babies and toddlers experience common events of childhood. Adorable borders frame each page, which contains a single short verse and an accompanying illustration. The detailed watercolors are soft and perfectly reflect the affectionate tone. The resulting tribute is charming overall, but uneven in the quality of text. Some poems are spirited and imaginative, but others seem saccharine and overly cute. Points of view switch from child to adult, and it's not always clear who is speaking. Not one of the stronger poetry collections for this audience.
Julie Joy, Winfield Public Library, KS
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (December 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,812,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a kid, I was a book fiend. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, including encyclopedias, cereal boxes, and "grown-up" books. I lived at the library, checking out the maximum number of books allowed each week and blasting through the summer reading programs. When I exhausted the youth and young adult departments at the library, I walked to the flagship Borders store and read new books, cover-to-cover, in one sitting. (I was gentle, I promise. And all the books I buy now more than make up for my childhood borrowing!)

When I was eight or nine, I wrote this sentence in my journal: When I read a good book I feel like I'm hiding inside it, watching the story happen around me. This is still true today. When I read a great book, I fall right in and I'm oblivious to everything else.

When I was in college, Jane Yolen, Patricia MacLachlan and Jane Dyer visited my Children's Lit class. I distinctly remember thinking, "That's a cool job!" But it didn't occur to me that it could be my job. I was planning to be a psychologist or teacher. I taught in early childhood programs for many years before I considered writing my own stories. After reading hundreds of books to young kids, I was fascinated by their responses to different books. Why did they love books I hated? Why didn't they love books I loved? What made a good book good? Eventually I started putting my own words to paper, and later, that led me here.

It's actually a little odd writing this biography. As a writer, I'm always looking for ways to improve my craft and better understand the writing process, so I'm intrigued by the personal backgrounds of my favorite authors. But as a reader, I prefer not to be aware of the writer at all. I just want to fall into books, and I don't blame anyone else who feels the same way. I hope readers fall into mine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
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BABY LOVE is a delightful collection of short poems that celebrates the world of babies. Some of the poems are sweet and touching while others are silly and fun. My personal favorite is called SWEET DREAMS:
"Of all the places you can rest,
Your favorite one is Daddy's chest.
You tuck your head beneath his chin,
Feel his breath and smell his skin.
Your cozy perch moves up and down...
Up and down..."
BABY LOVE makes a perfect shower or baby gift for any new parent. It's also a cozy, cuddle-up read aloud with your own special baby. John Wallace's delicious watercolor illustrations and imaginative borders are the perfect compliment to this engaging collection. "Enjoy this wee bliss."
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By A Customer on January 8, 2003
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Friendly watercolors.
Chubby toddlers.
Adoring relatives and adorable babies. What's not to love?
Vestergaard's wonderful word play on a universal theme, babies and the people who love them, is pleasing to the ear. Wallace's illustrations compliment the fun.
All this comes wrapped up in a pastel presentation of perfect poetry.
Makes me wanna go "ahhhh!"
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