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"Every day, everywhere, babies are born," writes Meyers (Hello Jenny), as Frazee (The Seven Silly Eaters) presents the first in a series of wry, elegant watercolor vignettes: a row of multiracial, swaddled newborns whose expressions range from "How did I get here?" to utter boredom. The pages that follow prove that ministering to babies is all-pervasive as well. "Every day, everywhere," as each spread announces in hand-lettered display type, babies are either collecting kisses, getting schlepped, exhausting their parents (a state that Frazee portrays with knowing and hilarious precision), toddling or growing. Rhyming text in smaller type elaborates on each theme: e.g., to "Every day, everywhere, babies are carried " Meyers adds, "in backpacks, in front packs, in slings, and in strollers, in car seats, and bike seats, and on Daddy's shoulders." As Meyers builds to the expected coda (babies being "loved for trying so hard, for traveling so far, for being so wonderful... just as they are!"), it's Frazee's canny wit that tips the work away from sentimentality to evoke a wide range of emotions. A charming paean to the adoration (and accessories) that families lavish on their offspring. Ages 2-5.

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PreS-Young listeners will appreciate this gentle rhyme that portrays babies with their families and friends being drawn into everyday activities. The lilting text recites the eating, sleeping, and leisure habits of a winsome cast of multicultural tykes, but, most of all, it impresses on readers how much they are loved. Expressive, animated pencil-and-watercolor paintings depict a full range of infant motions and emotions that bring this ensemble to life. The clear double-page spreads usually contain one large or several smaller scenes against lots of white space. The facial expressions in several scenes are particularly captivating and endearing. This delightful homage to the youngest among us should be a hit at toddler storytimes, and the book will be great for individual sharing because there is a certain amount of very basic seek-and-find potential fun to be had in poring over the illustrations. Everywhere Babies should be in every preschool collection.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152022260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152022266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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118 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Book-loving Momma on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I HAD to buy this book when I saw that it included pictures of a baby nursing and another being carried in a sling! And although my husband insists we have too many books, once he read it he agreed that this one was worth getting.

This is a beautiful book about all sorts of ways babies are fed, carried, dressed, how they play, etc. And of course, bottles and strollers are in there too!

I love how inclusive this book is. We all love the illustrations. My daughter seems to love the rhythym to the words, because she always asks for "more" when I read it to her, even if she's half asleep and not paying too much attention to the pictures.

And to anyone who didn't like the book simply because it has one of two (subtle) pictures of what may or may not be same-sex couples, that's a shame. And I think you missed the point of the book, big time. Everyday, everywhere, babies ARE being raised by two mommies or two daddies, or bi-racial couples. And those babies are loved just as much as yours are.

I'm hoping my daughter DOES eventually notice in the pictures that not all these families look like hers. A little more tolerance of our differences would make this world a better place.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on September 4, 2004
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My 2-year-old son picked this book out at the library and adores it. He likes the smiling messy baby at the end, and has learned descriptive words like "messy" and "small" from talking about the pictures. The text is simple and repetitive, and the pictures are gentle and witty. The focus is on the babies themselves and all the things they experience and do. Many but not all of the babies are smiling-- some are serious, some are curious, some are yelling, some look a bit annoyed, just like real babies do, which adds to the charm. I also like the variety of families represented, and the fact that we see old people and people not in perfect physical shape nurturing and having fun with babies as well as typical 20-something-looking parents. It's not always clear who is related to whom in this book. The relationships are portrayed subtly (is that a neighbor or a dad? a grandma or a child-care provider? a pal or a partner?) -- we are left to imagine the families as we wish to. The thing that's clearly most important is that everyone loves the babies. We parents find that the illustrations hold our interest after many readings, a real treat. We love this book.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By KSL on September 14, 2004
Format: Board book
I love this book because it easily applies to my daughter who was born in my heart! All babies and people are the same, when cut we all bleed the same blood, families come in all shapes, sizes, skin colors and a smile is a smile in any language.

I love the last 3 pages.... Every day, everywhere, babies are loved.... for trying so hard, for traveling so far, for being so wonderful...just as they are!

I think the illustrations are beautiful and hope that book the author and illustrator gets together for more wonderful book! And my daughter loves just loves this book!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ruhama Kordatzky on July 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Even if you don't have a child to share this book with, you'd enjoy seeing what babies everywhere are doing! I would share this book with preschoolers--either to rememeber their babyhood, or if they have a new baby in the house. The text is simple, and could apply to a preschooler's life as well. The illustrations are tastefully done, with much detail, and use a variety of colors and layouts (some are full page, others have more white space). The babies and families portrayed are quite diverse, and are drawn doing different activities within each "every day, everywhere, babies are..." that occupies the page. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves to see babies in all aspects of life!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year-old son loves this book. I got it because it has a rich representation of all types of families (rarely found in children's books, even today): parents with (adopted) children of another race (this is our family situation), biracial couples, mothers breastfeeding a baby, fathers bottle-feeding a baby, lesbian and gay parents, single parents.
All this is shown not in a politically correct or preachy way, but just as a casual, panoramic view of...well, babies everywhere!
Each full 2-page spread shows many babies of all races and sizes, some smiling, some screaming, some sleeping. The paintings are amusing, realistic, fun, and the babies are sweet. My son will point out certain babies, and loves the baby at the end who is so clean on one page, and, having eaten her birthday cake, so dirty on the next.
This book is appropriate for all toddlers, and an especially good choice for those with family members of different races or lifestyles.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Coglon on March 13, 2006
Format: Board book
We've had this book for a few years and it's still a favorite of my 4 year old and now my 18 month old - as well as mine. I love that the illustrations depict real people - all shapes, sizes, ages, color, messy and clean! As for those that are upset about the "homosexual" depictions - how sad is it that in this day and age when we see a man hugging another man we assume they are gay - or when we see a completely wiped out mom laying on a bed with another woman we make the same assumption? Maybe they're sisters, maybe they're 2 tired moms, maybe they are gay - who cares! And for those concerned about how your child sees it - if you don't mention it they won't even notice - they'll just think everyone is friends and loves each other - which I hope my girls believe as long as possible.
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