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Whose Baby Am I? Hardcover – May 21, 2001


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The responses by various animal offspring to the titular question in this volume is that each baby belongs to a loving mommy animal (e.g., "Whose baby am I?/ I am a panda baby"), and they inspire irresistible portraits. Butler's (Bashi, Elephant Baby) acrylic and colored pencil illustrations realistically capture nine achingly adorable animals. He infuses his renderings of the cotton puff-like owlet that opens the book, a sweetly gawky zebra calf and a polar bear cub with just the right amount of romanticism. Glints of lavender play in the animals' fur, the trace of a smile can be detected on a bill or mouth and the artist misses no opportunity to emphasize those huge, heart-tugging eyes. The book concludes with a spread that invites youngsters to match the babies with their mothers and a page that labels each offspring with its official name (a koala baby is called a joey, a seal baby is a pup, etc.). Ages 1-4.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-The title question is posed in bold lettering beneath illustrations of a variety of young animals. For each one, the answer is revealed with the turn of a page. For example, "I am an owl baby" shows an owlet and its mother. The gentle pictures done in acrylic and colored pencils depict adorable creatures and their mothers on soft pastel backgrounds. The images are precious and the layout makes this title perfect for storytimes. A double-page spread at the end asks viewers to match the babies on the left with the adult animals on the right. The final page provides the correct names for the babies: joey (koala), chick (penguin), cub (panda), calf (elephant), and so on. This title is destined to be a popular choice.
Olga R. Kuharets, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670896837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670896837
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than 20 countries. He won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award (Gold Book Award) in the USA in 2011 and the Teachers' Choice AwardsSM for Children's Books for 2013. He was awarded the Florida Reading Association Children's Book of the Year (silver medal) (2002, 2003), and the Bank Street College of Education New York - Best Children's Books of the Year (2002, 2004). He has received a Highly Commended award at the Sheffield Children's Book Award as well as a BP Conservation Book Award and others in the UK where he lives. John has had a lifelong fascination with wildlife and his books all reflect this interest.

He has had a long career in illustration working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, Sesame Street and The Sunday Times in London. More of John's work can be seen on www.johnbutlerart.com and www.littlebluezebra.com

He says, "Children's publishing has been very inspiring for me. It is extremely rewarding to work with so many innovative and creative people who all have the same sole purpose of producing books to please and stimulate children."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson R. on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big John Butler fan. This sweet but simple book is very nice but not as special as "Hush Little Ones" or some of his other books.

Five cute animals ask "Whose Baby Am I?". Turn the page and see parent and baby together. What makes all John Butler books special is the depiction of loving, comforting connection between parent and baby.

Animals include polar bears, owls, seals, pandas, and zebras. Overall cute but very simple and short, not as interesting as some of his other books. A good choice for babies and young toddlers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Just bought this book for my baby as a souvenir from the zoo; it's much cuter, more useful, and more educational than the typical stuffed panda! This book is absolutely darling, the second I saw it I had to have it. The illustrations are top notch, the selection of animals, flawless! The book shows first a variety of the sweetest baby animals, asking, "Whose baby am I?" Then providing an equally cute picture of each baby's mama. At the end I like to ask my baby, "whose baby are you?" We love this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turquoise Skunk on November 26, 2004
Format: Board book
This is my 11-month-old daughter's favorite book. She goes into her room to "check on" it through out the day. She digs it out of a pile of books to read, even when we're in the middle of a different book. She absolutely adores it. I would recommend this board book for all babies, and I am thrilled to see there's a hardcover with more babies for when she stops chewing on all her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my 10 month old daughter's favorite book (and she has a LOT of books). It is very short and simple, but sweet, and the illustrations are very appealing. No matter what she is in the middle of it, be it playing or having a meltdown, if I pull out this book and start reading, she comes right over with a big smile on her face and pays close attention. For some reason, she laughs at every other page (the revealing of what kind of baby it is). It's very cute how much she enjoys it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Baxter on March 19, 2006
Format: Board book
The sweet illustrations are really the selling point of this board book. There isn't much text, which is fine, but the animals aren't really familiar (a zebra, an owl, a panda bear, a seal, etc.) so my 11 month old daughter looks at me a little puzzled - but she does love the big eyed animals. We read it before bedtime, and she loves to "kiss" the animals. It is the only book that she seems to want to kiss. It is our new favorite bedtime book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MN Mommy on January 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another wonderful John Butler book, but not our favorite. The illustrations as always, are stunning. Our daughter really likes identifying the baby animals by type, but it would be nice if the "names" of the babies were on each page as part of the story rather than just one page at the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie G VINE VOICE on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have a new favorite illustrator. Each page just glows and the animals look touchably soft. Its a wonderful board book and great gift for a new baby. Definately go to a book store and browse through these pages if you can, Butler is amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Linn on June 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully drawn. The picture make you want to hug all the animal. It helps teach kids what baby animals look like and who their mother is. At the end it also has a page that tells them what the little babies are called.
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