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Babies on the Go

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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Linda Ashman (Can You Make a Piggy Giggle?) and Jane Dyer (I Love You like Crazy Cakes) team up for a sweet exploration of how babies get around. Ashman's clever rhymes explain how tykes of many species travel ("Rolling by in baby strollers / Holding tight to Mother's shoulders / Grabbing on to clumps of hair / Riding bareback through the air")
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Sarah Sammis
Jan 03, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it
Now that Sean and Harriet have a baby cousin they have gotten a little obsessed with babies. I checked out Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman to read to my daughter. It's a picture book about different kinds of animal babies and how the get around.

Each pair of pages shows a different baby animal and a parent. Some babies are learning to walk. Some are riding on the parent's back. Some are carried in the mouth. Some float on the parent's belly and so forth.

The cute illustrations of baby animals hel
Jun 27, 2011 Karawan rated it it was amazing
Goes through a wide variety of animals and how their mothers transport them from place to place.

I loved this and Gavin actually sat still in my lap and paid attention to the whole thing, which is rare in these early walking days....
I wasn't sure he'd like drawings of animals as much as his books with more colorful photographs, but they did hold his attention. The fact that the text is rhyming also makes it fun to read out loud. The last page has thumbnail drawings of all the animals who appear i
Danielle Butler
In this story, children learn different ways animals carry their young ones that are not yet mobile.

This book teaches children different ways some animals move around comparing them to the way humans move around. I believe this would be a good book to read when talking about transportation because it gives a different look on the topic than the usual ways. The wording is simple and the text seems easy to understand for young children.
Nov 15, 2012 Asho rated it really liked it
This is a fun way to introduce different types of animals. I was surprised by how much I learned from this book, actually. Did you know that beavers ride on their mother's tails, or that swans carry their babies on their backs, or that alligators carry their babies in their mouths? It was a good lesson for mom, and my son enjoyed looking at the pictures as I made goofy animal noises (which were not actually written in the book, I should add. :-))
Oct 12, 2012 Mehjabeen rated it it was amazing
This is filled with good rhyme, good pictures, a good simple explanation of the fact that all babies have their own unique ways of moving here and there and everywhere. Simple, straightforward and good. A keeper for any collection for age 0 - 6(ish). The latter may find it too "baby-ish" but likely some 6 year olds would find it fine.
Sonya Riley
Dec 02, 2016 Sonya Riley rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great didactic tool for introducing animals to a young child. It was easy enough as a bedtime read, but I also read it during the day when my little one was wide away so I could tell him about the different creatures Ashman illustrated. He seemed to find the pictures rather engaging.
Jess Brown
Goes through a slew of animal babies and their parents, showing the different ways they travel and play together. A helpful "Meet the Babies" guide in the back which tells you what each animal is more specifically (for grown-ups who might not even know themselves!). I know some toddlers who would adore this book--and be able to identify EVERY animal.
Sep 20, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Very well done. The illustrations are pretty, and the book is all about different ways that babies are carried around by their parents. It was interesting and I think adults and children alike will enjoy flipping through the pages. I didn't realize how some animals carry their babies around.
Mar 03, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book depicts the different ways a mother brings her children with her. It was fun to read because it has adorable pictures and the sentences rhyme. It also teaches children about different animals. I loved it and if I ever have children, I would get this book for them.
Apr 02, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the various pictures of animals with their offsprings. I feel it is a great and subtle way to demonstrate the world to kids. With each animal a parent can point out which country the animal originated from.
Senna Compton
Feb 03, 2009 Senna Compton rated it really liked it
We loved this one -- all the more so as Senna likes us to "wear" her in a cuddle wrap or a sling. It was wonderful to introduce her to the many different ways that animals carry their young, on their bellies, in their mouths, and on their backs. A parental hit.
May 05, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I will read this book to my daughter over and over. I really like all the animals in this book (it even has a key to some of the more unusual animals in the back) and how it explains how human babies are carried differently than other other babies. Combines learning and storytime in a great way.
May 15, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
Cute book, realistic drawings of a variety of animals. Nice guide at the back identifying all the animals.
Sarah Ziskend
Very simplistic (k-2) but good for:
1. Compare contrast
2. Read alouds
3. Animals
Meredith Miner
May 04, 2013 Meredith Miner rated it really liked it
This book would be great to use with young students as they are very curious about baby animals. It is very similar to, Mommy, Carry Me Please!, so I am excited to use these as paired texts.
Guadalupe Ramirez
Feb 18, 2011 Guadalupe Ramirez rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
This book is a short easy read. I would read this book to Pre-K or Kindergarten students when doing a lesson on animals or if one of the students' parents are expecting a baby.
Jun 24, 2009 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My 19 month old daughter wasn't really into this. I however like the diversity of animals and the educational aspect.
Jan 09, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it
Introduces different animals and their babies with short rhyming text.
At the end there is a picture glossary identifying the animals.

Might pair with Mem Fox's "Animal Babies."

Writing prompt?
Sep 08, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is a cute book that explains how babies get from one place to the next. The issustratins are very realistic.
Apr 25, 2016 Danette rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
For our first son, Calvin. Christmas 2004.
Animal & human babies get around many different ways.
JFK Library
Apr 18, 2011 JFK Library rated it it was amazing
T. Stanley used for science animal studies 4/11.
Jul 02, 2016 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: read-kid
Good pictures
Aug 06, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
Kate loves the rhyme of the text and looking at all of the different animals
Apr 21, 2016 Celeste rated it really liked it
Worked well for baby rhyme time, although a bit long. I paper-clipped some of the middle pages together to shorten. Beautiful book!
Amber Baker
Jun 26, 2008 Amber Baker rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers, small children
This was a really cute book. Good pictures, simpler sentences. Madie read it on her own.
Elaine Conway
Dec 13, 2015 Elaine Conway rated it liked it
Shelves: babies, toddlers, picture
Rhyming, simple pictures
Feb 25, 2009 Kari rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite toddler books.
Nov 28, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
This makes a lovely sing along.
Feb 25, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Available and successful in board book format as well.
Lanica rated it really liked it
Oct 15, 2008
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Linda Ashman's children's books have been named to the "best of the year" lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA/CBC and more. She is also the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books .

Linda lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and
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