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What Does Baby Say?: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books) Board book – November 1, 2004

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5
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About the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689866453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689866456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By APgirlinMD on December 18, 2004
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I love Karen Katz books (Where's Baby's Belly Button? Daddy and Me, Where's Baby's Mommy, Counting Kisses). This one has the same great pictures and durable format as the books we love. However, all the words under the flaps are in baby-talk (goo goo, boo boo, ba ba, night night etc). Since we never talk to our baby using those words, this book is a disappointment for us.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Meg C. Halverson on December 2, 2004
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We have all the Karen Katz books, but my daughter (17 mos) seems particularly attached to this one, perhaps because the babies are doing things she does. It's really fun to read it to her because she relates to the baby on each page: hungry baby who wants a bottle, sad baby who has a boo-boo, cranky baby who is crying, and finally, sleepy baby who is nestling down for the night (or nap). The illustrations are lovely and the paper is heavy and survives many a firm baby grasp. A great shower gift and a good one for anybody's baby library.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By NewYorker on April 27, 2005
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What DOES baby say? Not much! Although I'm fond of Ms. Katz's "Where is Baby's Belly Button" I was horrified by this book. What baby "says" is not one real word in the whole volume. What is the point of teaching your child that some babies say "ba ba" for bottle? Emerging speech is going to sound different on every toddler. If YOUR baby says "ba ba" for bottle-- that's absolutely terrific but you should follow it up with "RIGHT! SMART GIRL! THE BOTTLE!" and not repeat the baby talk. Baby talk is fine... as long as it comes from the baby.

I promptly returned this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.A.L. on March 16, 2006
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Okay, so it won't turn your child into an oratory genius! My kids have consistently loved this book and if they'd rather read a book than whine for a video I will not complain. The beautifully and boldly illustrated book is in typcial lift the flap format. Each page asks a question "what does baby say" and the answer is underneath. When baby is sad he says "boo hoo" and when he is tired he says "night night". Your toddlers will love screaming out the answers and pretending to be babies again.

Other books by this author I highly recommend are the book about Manners, Where is Baby's Mommy, and Wiggle Your Toes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Supermom on May 21, 2006
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Though the illustrations are cute and the content is fine, these othersized and lightweight flaps rip VERY easily. We've not even had them 1 month and the book is in poor condition from regular use that other flap books do fine. Cannot recommend this one! We are very disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on June 5, 2008
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I bought several of the books in this series and all were great, however this one was too baby-ish for my one-year old who is learning new words everyday...this books seems to reenforce baby-talk with "ba-ba" for bottle and goo-goo... this might be good for a 6-9month old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Moen on January 10, 2007
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What Does Baby Say is a lot of fun for baby with the "peek-a-boo" flap you lift while you tell the story.Soon baby will lift the flap for you at the right time. An excellent opportunity to have fun and learn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 11, 2008
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I had reservations about this book at first because my daughter is 16 months old (14 months when we bought it) and we're trying to teach her to talk, not say random sounds. But my daughter fell in love with it. Her favorite page is the one that asks "What does the busy baby say?" and then you lift the flap and it says "Uh Oh." She's gotten to the point that she can anticipate which page "Uh Oh" is on and she'll say it before she even lifts the flap. Although the words, like baba (bottle) are a little too young for her, I think this book is still a great book for all babies and toddlers because it helps them to start remembering and anticipating the words on each page. I'm very satisfied with all of the Karen Katz books that we own, but this one is by far my and my daughter's favorite.
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