From beneath the tickles, kisses, and unfettered affection showered on them by grownups, the children in Vera B. Williams' Caldecott Honor Book cry out for "more more more!" The stars of three little love stories--toddlers with nicknames like "Little Pumpkin"--run giggling until they are scooped up by adoring adults to be swung around, kissed, and finally tucked into bed. Quirky watercolor drawings and colorful text feature multiethnic families, and young readers will rejoice in seeing the center of all the attention: the wiggly, chubby, irresistible toddlers. (Baby to preschooler) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The spontaneity and delight of play is captured perfectly in this trio of multigenerational, multiracial "love stories" about three pairs of babies and their grown-ups. Told in a natural, colloquial tone, the simple, engaging text is finely honed with a rhythm that is musical. The style is as buoyant and infectious as the actions described: "Little Guy's daddy has to run like anything just to catch that baby up." Williams carries the same basic framework and language through each story, generating the repetition that is so satisfying to very young listeners, while the stories and characters maintain their own distinctions. Just as she celebrates universality within the text, Williams presents diversity with characteristic flair within her illustrations. Little Guy and his father are white, Little Pumpkin is African-American and her grandmother is white, and Little Bird and her mother are both Asian-American. Natural and unforced, Williams' choices are an accurate reflection of American society, but are noteworthy in their representation in books for this age group. Uncluttered, yet filled with movement, the splashy, vibrant paintings in gouache feature vigorous portraits and large, clearly defined objects set against a textured expanse of sweeping brushstrokes. The text appears in rainbow-hued letters within the illustrations, adding to the appealing design. Although it is a fine vehicle for toddler storytimes, the real strength of this book lies in the intimacy achieved when it is shared one-on-one between babies and adults or older siblings. A joyous expression of verbal and physical affection, these are truly love stories for our times. More, more, more . . . --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Lib . , CA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My hands down favorite children's book of all times. The rhythm brings alive playing, singing and soothing your precious baby in such a fun loving way. Read morePublished 11 days ago by cc
A wonderful classic I read to my children and now can give in board book to my niece's children. So gentle and lyrical,fun to read.Published 19 days ago by K. Mahler
My friend gave me this book when my daughter was born (this was her much-younger brother's favorite book as a small child). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mom Reviewer
And captures the typical play between moms, dads, grandmas and babies.
The kids in my kindergarten classes loved this book. Read more
Absolutelymy favorite book for babes nearing one year. Soft cove ris best because the pictures are of good size unlike the cardboard editionPublished 2 months ago by Christine Powers
I personally don't like the language in this book. It is written in casual spoken language. For example, "Little Guy's daddy has to run like anything just to catch that baby... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Kim