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Tummy Girl Hardcover – March 29, 2007

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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 Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805076093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805076097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This charming book gives a sweet look at a baby girl and growing up. Delightful, unique artwork created with charcoal and pastels from the front to the back endpapers. The rhyming text is wonderfully bouncy and bubbly. A fun book to read together that will make little girls giggle and mommies and daddies smile. (At least this mommy did.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I gave my two year old daughter this book for her birthday and it was an absolute hit. We read it at least once a week if not more. The story is sweet and the pictures are just beautiful.
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By Matt Greene on December 6, 2008
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We own a couple of Roseanne Thong books that my 22 month old daughter and I both love (Red is a Dragon and Round is a Mooncake), so I picked this one up when we came across it at the library last week. It is a hit with my daughter, and it is now my favorite baby book! It is sweet and adorable and fun to read, and it so beautifully portrays how much a parent cherishes every stage of her child's life.

This book is basically a poem about a baby girl who goes through the various adorable stages of being a baby, toddler, and little girl. When I start reading the last verse that begins with "Soon you'll be an older girl..." I always have a lump in my throat because the prose is just so touching and makes me think of how quickly little ones change and grow from pot bellied babies to little independent people.

This is a perfect book for reading to a little girl. I love it so much I'm planning on buying a copy to keep and a few to give as gifts to parents of girls.
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By Nai on August 25, 2012
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My daughter & I love this!

A friend who is a librarian recommended this. I checked it out & read it to my then 10/11-month old daughter. I'd that day just packed up all her 0 - 9 month clothes to pass on & was marveling on how she was growing SO FAST and then I read this and am totally chocked up by the end. A lovely rhyming tale with gorgeous illustrations. The Tummy Girl looks so much like my own I marvel at that as well. I love it & plan to make this part of our Saturday wake up & bed time ritual with my fast growing TG!
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My daughter was given this book for her second birthday and it became an instant favorite. Three years later, and we're still reading this book regularly. For parents, it's a little trip down memory lane remembering your child as a baby, and watching them grow and gain confidence. I can't think of many childrens books that engage kids and parents equally. Beautiful.
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By MLCO on January 4, 2013
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We love this book so much we are trying to encourage the publisher to starting printing it again! Adorable pictures and very sweet sentiments. It was a favorite for our daughter starting around age three and we have given it as a gift for newborn baby girls!
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My two year old and I love this book! I've even purchased it for a friend who has a little girl. It melts my heart every time I read it. I love to read it to my daughter over and over again. Every parent with a little girl, should own this adorable book!
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We found this book at the library when my daughter was a year old - we checked it out and re-checked it out ever since. The title has become one of her ways of communicating with us, as in, "I just want to be tummy girl for awhile."
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