From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—This is a sweet romp of a rhyme about a "pink-as-a-piggly" baby who is growing up in the blink of an eye. There is so much to recommend here: the delicious verse and its galloping pace; the illustrations, on the vibrant spreads, that look like snapshots, coaxing little ones to remember that they are the centerpieces of their parents' lives; and the nudge to parents to keep in mind that selfsame truth. "Soon you'll be my older girl,/A taller-than-my-shoulder girl,/An 'I can do it!' older girl...,/You'll always be my Tummy Girl!" The charcoal-and-pastel pictures are thoughtful and exuberant in their depiction of such behaviors as crawling, feeding oneself, and dressing up. Children will cherish Tummy Girl
.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Kids like stories about themselves as babies, and this look back and forward at a young child's life has that appeal. Designed in the style of a photo album, this book uses both "snapshots" and big, unbordered pictures that spill across the pages. The first illustration is an oversize picture in charcoal and pastels of an infant contemplating her belly button: "Once there was a Tummy Girl. . . . A full-of-warm-milk yummy girl." The adorable baby becomes a toddler who plays hide-and-seek and stabs at her food. Children will enjoy watching the girl grow--dancing, playing dress up, acting in a school play--against shiny backgrounds of apple red, lemon yellow, and other fruity hues. The rhyme style, which uses girl
to end the first four lines and a word that rhymes with it at the end of the fifth may seem a little tedious to adults, though the repetition should appeal to kids. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved