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Cradle Me Board book – January 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books; Brdbk edition (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595722742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595722744
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Star Bright Books has done a heckuva job with diversity in their board books lately. Last year s My Face Book was particularly well done, showing a child with down syndrome amongst all the other kids. And Babies, Babies! by Debby Slier is unique because without making a big point about it, all the children in this book are African-American. Cradle Me is one of the more interesting titles, featuring different tribes of Native American babies with their own distinct cradle boards. One of these babies could be seen in the previously published board book Global Babies where she looked particularly grumpy. She s not much cheerier here and indeed most of the babies in the book seem kinda dour at first. That s probably a lot to do with how young they are. The back of the book explains each tribe that each child is from, which was good. More to the point, the small fry in my household is gaga over this book. She ll read it on her own if you hand it to her and that, as far as I m concerned, is the mark of a good book. Best of all, it has the Debbie Reese seal of approval. --Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

It is impossible for me not to have positive feelings when I look at the faces of babies. Debby Slier's Cradle Me had me happily gazing at the faces of babies from eleven different tribal nations in their cradle boards. nside are babies in their cradleboards, smiling, frowning, peeking, touching, crying, yawning, thinking, looking, sleepy, and sleeping. Beneath each of those words is a line for a parent/librarian/teacher to write that word in--perhaps--the Native language of the child the book is being used with. It is a powerful book because the images are photos, not drawings, and because Slier included a two-page spread that specifies each baby's tribal nation.

When you use the book, make sure you use present tense verbs! I recommend it and think you'll enjoy it, too. --Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

About the Author

Debby Slier has worked as a bookseller and editor and is the author of over 50 children's books. She lives in Massachusetts where she spends much of her time gardening.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Pearson on May 1, 2012
Format: Board book
I was immediately attracted to the bright colourful pages in this board book. Each page features a baby in a cradle board. This is the traditional method of many American Indian and other First Nations tribes for safely securing and transporting their babies. While each cradle board serves the same purpose of keeping a baby safe, that's where the similarities end. Each is shaped and decorated in a style of that particular tribe. At the back of the book, there are thumbnail pictures of each board indentifying to which tribe it belongs. The colours are bright and inviting. The babies have been photographed with a different facial expressions and the description is printed large at the bottom of the page. There is a space for the reader to write in the translation of that word into their language.

My children loved board books with photos of babies. They would look at them again and again, never seeming to tire of them. As a parent, you could use this book for further activities such as asking your child to point out particular colours, comparing what is the same in the various cradle boards and then what is different. It would be fun to draw an outline of a cradle board and then help your child decorate it either your tribal or cultural designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on April 21, 2012
Format: Board book
Are Native American babies any different from other babies? While Native Americans may have different cultural traditions, a baby's smile is the same the wide world over. One Native American practice that endures to this day is that of carrying babies safely and comfortably in cradle boards close to their mothers. Each cradle board is personalized and varies from tribe to tribe in style and material used. This board book shows babies from different tribes in their unique cradle boards as they smile or frown, cry or yawn, look or sleep. There is a fill-in-the-line feature that enables readers to translate the words into their own dialect. A portion of the profits from Cradle Me is donated to the National Indian Child Care Association. Babies love to look at other babies, and they will love this book.
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Our family can't stop smiling over these adorable babies and their beautiful cradle boards! Our little one really takes his time to study each face, so cute.
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