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Wee Rhymes: Baby's First Poetry Book Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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PreS-This collection of 75 short poems spans the course of a baby's or toddler's day. From morning tickles and bounces to meals and playtime to bath and sleep, all of the rituals of the day are celebrated and cherished. Most of the poems are Yolen's own with a smattering of traditional Mother Goose verses mixed in. Many of the rhymes naturally suggest activity or interaction between readers and listeners, including bouncing, clapping, cuddling, and identifying body parts and everyday objects. ("Here we come from Dreamland,/There we go to town./Baby riding on my knee,/Up, up, up-and down"). Art done in pencil and watercolor gently features wonderfully diverse babies and toddlers. The author and illustrator provide a helpful note "from two grandmothers" about using rhymes with babies. This lovely volume will be appreciated by parents and caregivers using lap rhymes for the first time as well as those looking to expand their repertoire.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Two well-known names combine their considerable talents for this book of baby’s first poems. There are a few well-known chestnuts here, “Rock-a-bye Baby” and “Mulberry Bush,” for example, but most are Yolen’s own creations. The audience she has in mind is the very youngest, for whom language is new, and these short poems are great for the age group. Not only do they roll off the tongue, but they are mostly eight lines long, so no one is getting bored—neither the speaker nor the listener. Built around a child’s everyday activities, the rhymes tend to the practical (“Here comes the engine. / Open wide. / The train choo-chews / The food inside”); “Street Rules” explains what to do when the traffic light turns red or green. Dyer’s signature soft-edged watercolors give the events a happy glow. Children of every ethnicity will see themselves in the art, and Dyer includes images of the items that make up their day: dolls, toothbrushes, teddy bears, and wheelies of all kinds. A charming addition to shelves for preschoolers. Preschool. --Ilene Cooper
Top customer reviews
between the reader and baby. Each poem encourages finger play,
rhyming, even singing.
I love the illustrations and the poems are short, cute, and easy enough for an older toddler to memorize!
I bought it to give as a gift at a baby shower.
I'll actually have an opportunity to meet Jane Yolen in a few weeks so I'm hoping she'll sign it!