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Amazon.com Review

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,
this love I have will stay.
and wrap itself around you
every minute of the day.
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.
So blow a kiss and wave good-bye--
my baby, don't you cry.
This love is always with you,
like the sun is with the sky.
(Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152060316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152060312
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book will bring tears to the eyes of any mom! I get teary eyed everytime I read it! I think it is the perfect book for the new mom, the mom who is sending her "baby" to kindergarten or to COLLEGE. It not only gives the mother a wonderful way to express her love, but it gives the child a new way to understand the love! I will be giving these at baby showers for YEARS.
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I came across this book at a bookstore on my lunch hour (when I am always trying to keep my connection with my son by shopping for him!).
It brought tears to my eyes. The author beautifully expresses what every working mother feels -- sadness when separating from her child, all-consuming thoughts of her child while at work, and absolute joy when they are reunited.
My son is only 15 mos. old and may not fully appreciate this book yet, but he will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and the familiar scenes (a pudgy chick getting ready for his nap, playing alongside his friends, etc.).
I bought this book as much for myself as for him and will keep it on a high shelf (safe from a toddler's destruction!) along with other books such as In Case You Ever Wonder and Love You Forever to be truly appreciated when he is a little older.
This is a gift any working mother and child will treasure forever!
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By A Customer on September 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to read about the concept of being apart for a time during the day. The illustrations and text are sweet and enjoyable. My daughter loved the fact that a small heart is visible in almost every picture, although you must look carefully. Look for the "swirl" of heart over mom's coffee on one page. We read it when she started school, then I cut some small hearts from felt and tucked them into her pocket or bookbag. It was a small secret for us to share and made the transition easier for both of us.
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After hearing about it from a veteran mom, we purchased this book for our 3-year-old who was having a rough time transitioning to preschool (tears, clinging, the works). He loved it immediately and we have read it once a day for the past two or so months. It never gets old, and the message is very sweet and reassuring. The illustrations are also extremely unique (the face on the baby bird looks so human!), and I think that is why it appeals to our toddler so much. I would highly recommend to anyone who is preparing to transition their toddler into the school environment.
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The first time I read this book I cried and still have to hold back the tears whenever I read the last page. My 1-year-old loves this book and has me read it to her everyday. It is a must for any working mother who wants her baby to know how much her love is with them during the day when they are apart. The illustrations are beautiful, the rhymes are not too sing-songy, and the sentiment is genuine. A heartfelt recommendation from this mom.
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By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful heart touching book. I stumbeled across this book while I was shopping for a baby shower present. I liked the title and colorful pictures so I decided to buy the book. When I read the story I was amazed. The story was so good! I do not have children but the story moved me. I later read the book to my mother. She started to cry because she remembered how difficult it was to leave me for the first time. This is a wonderful story and I recommed it to everyone!
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I bought this book while pregnant. I enjoy reading it to baby girl while she's still in the womb. Books have always been an important part of my life and I hope that by reading to her on a regular basis (starting very earlyyyyyy), maybe she will love books as much as I do. Even if she doesn't, that's fine.

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.
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I read this at a book fair and spent the next five minutes trying to hide my teary eyes! I bought one for me, three for friends and family members, and a couple of spares for shower gifts. When I got home, I read it to my 3 1/2 year old and showed her the hearts on each page. We read it four times in a row -- she absolutely loves it!
This is a touching, charming book, with beautiful illustrations (I bet every mom will think baby bird looks like her own child!). It's a wonderful way to share with our children how much we love them and how that love never leaves us, even when we're apart -- perfect whether you're a working mom or not!
I like this book so much I've already checked out other books by the author and illustrator.
BUY IT! You'll love it!
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