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Baby Says Paperback – October, 1992

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Simple, repeated baby words ("uh, oh"; "no, no") combine with large-scale pastel pictures to form a reassuring look at an African American youngster tending his baby brother. Ages 1-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 1 Steptoe returns to the themes of his earliest bookssimple family interactions. Here, a brother tries to construct a building block castle while his play-penned baby brother does all he can to upset the process, including using a teddy bear as a weapon of disruption and destruction of the castle. Big broth er's anger is quickly melted by a sponta neous hug and kiss from baby brother, who then joins in rebuilding. Text is mini mal. The story is told through the softly shaded warm-toned pencil drawings. Steptoe is a master at depicting emotions in expressive faces, especially those of children. The effect here is softer and more evocative than in some of his earlier works. The incident portrayed is ex tremely simple, yet so true to childhood sibling experience, making this book as universally appealing and well-crafted as folklore. It is also heartwarming and re freshing to see such a loving exchange between two brothers. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Mulberry Books; 1st Mulberry ed edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688118550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688118556
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kara Reuter on September 15, 2004
Format: Library Binding
Baby Says portrays two brothers in a playroom, a toddler in his playpen and the older child playing with blocks nearby. The toddler wants to play with his older brother and seeks his attention by repeatedly throwing his teddy bear out of his playpen. When the older child indulges his brother, the toddler immediately knocks over his brother's block construction. When his older brother expresses his frustration, the toddler smoothes things over with a kiss. The story is told in a toddler's vocabulary, employing only seven words in a few phrases: "uh oh," "no no," "okay baby," and "here"; many pages are wordless. With such simple language, the action of the story is carried by the very realistic pencil drawings done in soft colors. The illustrations are primarily tightly cropped views of the space in the playroom that the children occupy, but as the story reaches its emotional climax, the illustrations shift perspective to extreme close-ups on the children's faces. This book is often considered a multicultural book because the children in the book are African-American, though ethnicity is not at all the subject of this story. Toddlers (and siblings of toddlers) of any ethnicity will relate to this simple story about the warmth of a sibling relationship. This is an excellent book for toddlers and older children to read together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kzturtlegirl on September 29, 2010
Format: Library Binding
This nicely illustrated book has been the source of many hours of laughter as my kids and I would make up stories to go along with the simple dialogue. Baby may say only a few words, but he must be thinking all sorts of things that you can put into his mouth. We've run the gammut from silly skits with ravenous teddybears to some serious discussion about how best to handle an annoying sibling. By virtue of its minimal text and paintings full of expression and hidden motives, it opens up the imagination of the child (and parent).

Definitely one of our favorite afternoon reads.
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A child can read and understand this book by virtue of the illustrations, alone, but it has nice, large print and simple text, as well. It's a little story about sibling conflict and love. It's a tender and realistic view, not a bit sappy. It was well-received by a boy who thought that only babies get noticed, now. He liked it, and he "read it" to his baby brother. John Steptoe knew about being human, and knew how to communicate the complexities that humans face, especially those faced by children.

Children deserve sturdy bindings. This edition is nice!
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My grandsons, ages one and four, love the book. The pictures are simply beautiful. However, I was disappointed in a book that was listed in good condition which was actually in poor condition.
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