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Oh My Baby, Little One Paperback – September 1, 2006
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It's always hard for Baby Bird and his mama to say good-bye on their way to school and work in the morning. But Mama finds a lilting, lyrical way of showing how her love is with her child all the time--and his love is with her, too.
But even when I'm far away,Warm, reassuring feelings emanate from this lovely picture book. Mama Bird tells her child how her love slips inside his lunch box, sits upon his shoulder when he sings a happy song, and snuggles on his pillow while he naps. Jane Dyer, illustrator of the bestselling Time for Bed, creates positively touchable watercolors of a pudgy-cheeked preschooler bird and his working mom. Hints of hearts nestle playfully on the pages: on the blackboard under the letter H, and sewn onto his pillowcase. Oh My Baby, Little One will resonate deeply for moms and kids alike, and may make daily separations just a little bit easier.
this love I have will stay.
and wrap itself around you
every minute of the day.
So blow a kiss and wave good-bye--(Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
my baby, don't you cry.
This love is always with you,
like the sun is with the sky.
From Publishers Weekly
As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary. When a baby bird's mother hugs him before dropping him off at school, she reminds him that "even when I'm far away,/ this love I have will stay/ and wrap itself around you/ every minute of the day." Though Appelt's (Someone's Come to Our House) text has the occasional ring of a greeting card, her rhythmic, four-line stanzas are filled with simple images that preschoolers will understand: the mother bird says her love "nestles in your pocket/ and makes itself so small/ that when you're busy playing,/ you won't notice it at all." In the satisfying ending, the mother bird says that of all her activities, "the sweetest thing I do/ is sweep you up and hold you tight/ and come back home to you." As in her When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Dyer's radiant watercolors, this time of anthropomorphized animals, combine old-fashioned trappings with modern manners. The mother bird wears granny shoes and a straw hat decorated with cherries, but she also carries a briefcase and drinks coffee at a business lunch. Each picture, whether a full-bleed double-spread or a vignette, is filled with bright colors and patterns that are quaintly comforting. Given its timely theme and classic delivery, this could be a popular favorite. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the message of the book and the illustrations. I currently work full-time and will be going back to work full-time 12 weeks after she's born (Feb 2016). I couldn't make it through the first few pages without tearing up. I can't imagine how hard it's going to be leaving her each day to go back to work. And when she's older and understands the words I will be reading, I hope that this book helps her understand that mommy loves her and misses her when she's at work. On top of the storyline, I really like the illustrations -- they are simple and the colors aren't too bright and bold; this book has a very classic feel to it. I'm not a big fan of books with so much going on (illustration-wise) that it takes away from the story.
I really recommend this book as a gift for any mom, most especially for those who work outside the home.
It is an exceptionally beautiful book in all respects, the story, the illustrations, the message. Buy it for any occasion, you can't go wrong!!!
All the art, from the mom's heart hidden on pillows, in pockets, and lunch boxes to the bird's webbed-footed shoes ("Mama, I want a pair of those shoes, too!" my daughter used to say from about age 3 to 5)charmed her. And the sentiment -- that a child is never separated from a mother's love, which is not limited by time or space -- warmed both my daughter and me every time we read it, and it was read nightly for a long time. Even now, we pull it out sometimes to smile and feel the warmth.
I give this book and a blanket to every newborn in our lives.