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Haiku Baby Board book – May 27, 2008

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Betsy Snyder's first board book as an author-illustrator, Haiku Baby follows a tiny bluebird, the book's would-be protagonist, as it visits its various animal companions--from an elephant that shades the bird with a parasol to a fox in a meadow and a whale in the ocean. The little bird's story is told primarily in pictures, and through the book's six haiku: rain, flower, sun, leaf, snow, and--of course, it would not be a board book without--the moon, making it ideal for the bedtime line-up. Adorable collage-cut illustrations work nicely with the haiku form to give the book a whimsical, yet serene, feel. And the haiku are light and fun without being too cutesy. Index tabs on the right margin, with pictures that tie to each of the poems (leaf, raindrop, snowflake, etc.), create a unique look, and make it easy for toddlers to flip through the pages on their own without having them stick together like they can with other board books. Snyder excels at visual storytelling and short forms, possibly a talent she honed as a designer/illustrator in the kids' greeting card business. In the world of board books, this slender little volume really stands out. --Heidi Broadhead

About the Author

BETSY SNYDER is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Betsy loves to create smile-inspiring art for kids and the young at heart. In addition to children's books, you can find her adorable mixed-media artwork on puzzles and games, baby accessories, plush, fabric, stickers, and greeting cards. Her work has been chosen numerous times to appear in the Society of Illustrator's The Original Art exhibitions. Betsy lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and young daughter. Check out Betsy's blog at BetsySnyder.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375843957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843952
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shanshad VINE VOICE on January 5, 2010
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This little board book looks rather unassuming at first. Parents may pass over it in favor of slightly larger volumes, or those board books with familiar stories and characters. Given a chance, however, haiku baby is a delightful addition to a baby's library.

Each 2-page layout in the book (seven in all) features a different haiku about a natural element, such as rain, or sun or the moon. These haiku follow the traditional format of a certain number of syllables per line, but the actual content tends to be livelier for the younger audience. The author makes use of onomatopoeic words as well as animal characters and exclamations. The result is warm and engaging without becoming overly cute and keeping the character of haiku. Rather than the usual page structure, each page of the board book has an outstanding tab on the side that allows the reader to thumb through to the different pages. Each tab has a symbol for the particular haiku on that page layout. For instance, on the autumnal page with a haiku about a leaf, the tab has the image of a small gingko leaf. These tabs will help youngsters still learning how to work their fingers learn to turn the pages.

The art work in this book is whimsical and colorful; each page features a different animal and a different color scheme. The pages appear to be created by a mix of cut outs and possibly watercolors, there are no bold outlines here and it gives the whole book a softer feel. Each page has the repeating image of a small blue bird that appears originally on the front cover, providing a challenge to older children to find the bird in each scene. In addition to the actual artwork, each page includes the main poetic element represented by a Chinese character.
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My 1 1/2 year old loves this book. The pictures are beautiful and each page is actually a work of art. He also loves finding the little blue bird on every page. The book is made of slightly thinner cardboard than most board books though so if you have a chewer, you might want to save this one until they are a little older!
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I love this author and illustrator! I'm getting all her books! This book has great artwork, my son (6 months now) loves the bright colors. And the haiku's are short (of course) and sweet and so much fun to read. My son's favorite line is "plunk, plop, belly flop" because I pat my hand on his tummy in rhythm. I only wonder why she put the hippopotamus on a snow mountaintop, but that gives me something to talk to my son about later, how hippos are definitely NOT mountain climbers!
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This is such a beautiful little book. My baby got "Haiku Baby" as a present when he was 5 months old. He has been loving it since then. He is now 10 months old and asks us to read this book by picking it up. We enjoy the beautiful illustrations, which name each animal and nature element, and we look for the little bluebird on each page. I highly recommend this book for all babies. It's a great baby shower present, too.
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Baby books are largely a personal preference. We read a book to our son every night, and although he is too young (3 months) to understand any of the words, supposedly this helps them with their language development. If that is really the case, I like to choose books that seem well constructed linguistically, and that encourages reading at a structured pace. I personally think the haiku structure is an interesting one for this, simple but measured. The drawings are also nicely done. My only complaint with the book is that it is very short, even compared to other baby books.
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I wish there were more books like this one. My son is just over a year old, and it's one of his favorite books. It's also one of my favorites to read to him:
- The illustrations are attractive.
- The pages are cut on the edge to make tabs; this makes them easy for him to turn.
- Haiku has enough words per 2 page spread to be interesting to a one year old.
- The haiku is cute.
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I have to be honest. I'm giving this five stars because *I* absolutely LOVE this book. My eight month old son is not as in love with it as I am, but I think it's one of my favorites of his books. I read it to him because I think it's SO beautiful. The colors are bright, the haikus are sweet and it's a lovely book to read at bedtime. Every page is so gorgeous and it moves nicely through the seasons. I hope he likes it more as he gets older!
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By Batfan7 on September 26, 2012
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This is such a cute little board book, with so many good things to comment on. I love the poems! Not all poetry needs to be full of rhymes and having a creative, single-page blurb that's illustrated is exactly what a baby of this age needs. The fact that there's no overarching story from page to page is just fine for a baby and this exposes them to an art form that they might not otherwise see too often while young.

The pictures are cute, with plenty of things to point out to Baby but not overwhelmingly busy. The tabs for each page are perfect for little, uncoordinated fingers to latch on to, which build the page-turning muscles.

I just loved it and recommend it!
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