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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629717
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–From morning hair brushing to night-night with a teddy bear, listeners take a lively tour of a babys day at the playground, at dinner, and in a bath. Hindleys unfussy rhyme offers on-target opportunities for concept development: low, high, bye, out. Granströms festive gouache-and-pencil cartoons shine in this large format. From single snapshots of the star in a red beret to the multicultural cast in the double-page playground scenes, toddlers will be engaged but never overwhelmed.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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PreS. As with several other recent books for the youngest child, this one is reminiscent of the works of Helen Oxenbury, both in look and content. It also has a very babylike sensibility as it takes one toddler through his day. A bouncy rhyme makes up most of the text: "Baby with a blanket, / baby with a bear. / Baby playing hide-and-seek. / Where's the baby? / There!" The left-hand page shows the towheaded child playing on his blanket, which in the second image flops over his head. Facing is a full-page picture of the child playing peek-a-boo in a typical fashion. Some pages follow a similar pattern, while others, crowded with children, stretch out the focus. In one illustration, busy little children fill the park; when it's time to leave, another picture shows the air full of "bye-byes." Cheerful in its sensibility and adorable in execution, this is toddler-icious! Ilene Cooper
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We read it a minimum of 3 times in a row every time.
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My second child, a son, loved it so much the pages got worn out, and we had to buy a new one!
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This is one of my 11-month old daughter's favorite books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Adams on May 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you have a toddler that loves "babies" then he/she will love this book! I checked this book out of the library for my 23 month old son last month. He has memorized practically every word ... and loves to chime in saying "up, up, up" and "bye, bye babies." This book is beautifully illustrated and my son loves to point to the pictures as I am reading. My son was so upset when we had to take this book back to the library today (he keeps asking for his "baby book") that I am now ordering it on-line for him!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyC VINE VOICE on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I agree with the previous reviewer, this is a fun little book, with very pleasant watercolor illustrations, that little ones just seem to love! We got this for our son when he was about 8 months old (ok, maybe a bit too early!), and he didn't have much interest, but about a month ago, around 14 months old, I brought it out again and he was captivated!

He likes to kiss the baby getting cuddled by mommy for bumping his behind landing off the sliding board, and points to the book while we're changing him for bedtime, well before it's "officially" story time.

We just got the book as a gift for the one-year birthday of a friend's son, and I can't wait to see if he likes it, too.

Highly recommend this one, especially if you have a baby who likes to go to the park, and likes looking at other babies!
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By Lauren on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought Baby Talk for my daughter when she turned a year old, but she really became interested in it around 22 months. She loves this book! The language is nice and simple, and it's written about things toddlers are familiar with: the park, baths, meals, and clothes.

It also rhymes, which is great for a toddler book, but many of the rhymes are a little awkward. She rhymes brush and up, coat and out, spoon and gone. It annoyed me at first, but I've read it so many times that I'm used to it.

If you don't mind a few strange rhymes, then this is a fantastic book for little ones.
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter is nearly 3.5 now, and from the time she was 1-2 we read this countless times. It will be firmly embedded in my memory for many years to come, and ours is so well worn, that I need to purchase a new one for our son. At one point I could recite this while driving in the car to calm our daughter out of a tantrum, and she'd say many of the lines with me. I should probably get another just to save for when our daughter one day has kids. Its a great early book. I can't recommend it enough. We have some other ones my this author and none of the others captured her attention quite like this.
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By K. Jenkins on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is my 16th month olds favorite book. At the last page, she always says "more." We read it a minimum of 3 times in a row every time.

Unlike many of her other books, it features objects and scenarios she understands: baby in a diaper, baby with a brush. The plot follows all the steps in a typical toddler day: playtime, eating in a highchair, bathtime, and then bedtime.

I need to find more books like this. Because it was clearly written with the mental life of a baby in mind. It captivates her in a way most of our other baby books do not.
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By P. Harrison on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought for my first child several years ago, and she loved it. My second child, a son, loved it so much the pages got worn out, and we had to buy a new one! Story is easily relatable to babies - it starts with baby getting dressed, then going to the playground, then eating, taking a bath, and going to bed. Perfect for learning everyday vocabulary. Text rhymes, and illustrations are adorable. Only gripe - I wish the book was a bit smaller, as it is a bit hard to hold the book and turn the pages with a baby on your lap.
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