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Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – February 26, 2008

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"Just the thing for the toddler with turbo-charged vocal chords." The Sunday Tribune on Quiet Loud" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the author-illustrator of five other popular board books for toddlers, as well as the picture book THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Brdbk edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632458
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We love all of the other Leslie Patricelli books, but this one does not have good examples. They have the daddy leaving the room when baby goes to bed, "sad baby." My child does not get sad when we leave the room so she doesnt understand the example and I dont want her to get sad when he leave her at night in her bed. Another examples shows baby with no clothes on happy, baby with clothes on sad. Last there is a happy baby in the mud and a sad baby in the bath. Again depending on your child's age a little one under 3 might not understand why those things create happiness and sadness so I don't recommend this book. We LOVE No No Yes Yes, BIG Little, Quite LOUD and Yummy Yucky though.
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We love this Patricelli book almost as much as the others. As usual, my toddler loved it initially because the baby in the book has nipples, a welcome detail that other books (infuriatingly) leave out.
My two-year-old is fascinated by emotions, and loves the pendulum sway of baby happy, baby sad...baby happy, baby sad. Of course you have to fill in the details and describe what's happening with your own words--that's the point of reading to children, isn't it?
I love this book, in particular, because it makes my child squeal with glee because he empathizes with the baby--like the baby in the book, mud makes him happy and shampoo makes him sad. Playing with the cat makes him happy; a fleeing cat (whose tail has been pulled) makes him sad, too. This baby, my child thinks, knows a thing or two about real baby emotions.
My only problem with the book is that it portrays nighttime as a scary abandonment--dark room, baby crying and reaching for daddy who is leaving baby alone in the crib = baby sad; morning with dad re-entering room makes baby happy. We read it with a different emphasis--when baby is sad in bed, daddy comes to help. When baby is happy in the morning, daddy comes to join him!
Even with this need for an editorial change that quiets, rather than heightens, nighttime anxiety, we all love this book. I rank it third to No no yes yes and quiet loud.
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i'm a big fan of leslie particelli's other books (Quiet Loud, Yummy Yucky, Binkie), and was excited to order this one. however, my overall first impression was not a good one. the illustrations are great, as usual, but the only text in the book is "baby happy baby sad", and it left me wanting more, and i find myself adding words, descriptions etc when i read this to my daughter. perhaps this book is best for older children.
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By Mom3 on February 22, 2016
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This is a lovely picture book for the little ones. My 2 year old was drawn to the happy and sad faces. I love that he can look at the pictures and know what the book is about even if its not being read. I have many of these books by Leslie Patricelli and my 2 yr old has loved them all!
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Adorable little pictures in this book.... That's it! There is only one phrase in each page " baby happy" "baby sad", that's it nothing else but that. I'm quite aware that you would explain what is on the pictures to your child but if this what I knew it said on each page there is no way I would of bought it! I'm very disappointed in this purchase! I love the author but next time I will read the reviews on these books before I even buy them.
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At first I thought this was too young for my 3 year old, because he's understanding about several more emotions - but what it is great for, is teaching that "sad" is OK and normal. His parents want him to be happy all the time, whether or not he is. Therefore, it gives him permission to be authentic.
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There are better books for teaching emotions, but this one is a great starter. The other thing I love about these books is how simple they are, and how they encourage conversation between the reader and the child. Rather than simply getting lost in reading the text, these books better allow for engaging a child and that is why I really love them.
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Did not like this book... every page is so boring, same sentence over and over, "baby happy baby sad". Even my daughter did not like it... its totally boring and nothing will excite or amaze you with this book. But if you are in the mood, you can use your imagination and create a story for every page why baby is happy and why baby is sad based on the pictures..., thats the only positive thing i can say about it.
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