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More More More Said the Baby

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From beneath the tickles, kisses, and unfettered affection showered on them by grownups, the children in Vera B. Williams' Caldecott Honor Book cry out for more more more! The stars of three little love stories - toddlers with nicknames like "Little Pumpkin" - run giggling until they are scooped up by adoring adults to be swung around, kissed, and finally tucked into bed. ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published April 25th 1996 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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I know that More More More won a Caldecott Honour Medal, but I just do not like either the text or the illustrations all that much (I can appreciate effort and sentiment, but the end product feels rather lacking). The ilustrations are definitely bright, colourful and full of joyful movement, but frankly, I find some of them somewhat creepy and strange in nature. I would not necessarily call them inappropriate, but especially the picture of the father kissing his little boy on his exposed belly b ...more
Kristen Kohle
Apr 10, 2014 Kristen Kohle rated it really liked it
This book Is actually three short stories all in one. Each story is similar to one another, but features three different children and their lives. This book portrays diversity in a few ways, which allows for many different children to be able to make connections. This book also has an element of repetition which is fun for students as well as helps their fluency. One last element of this book worth pointing out is the use of color. The pages are different colors, the words are different colors, ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Fjóla rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 0 - 2 year olds
May be a good book for the youngest ones. It touches on the most familiar, the repetitive play between the baby and their loved ones. It's void of humor though, and doesn't even try to do something funny with the story, such as in Pete's a Pizza for instance, but (if it holds the infant's interest) it may be good for that special moment of lap reading and bonding between mother/father/caregiver and child ...
Aug 31, 2016 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1991 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: The page where Little Pumpkin is sitting on his grandma's lap and she is holding him close. It is so sweet and the love between them is beautiful.
This is a cute little story of the joys of playing with toddlers. Lots of fun to be had running and scooting and snuggling and tickling. It makes me miss having a toddler in the house.
Apr 02, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Such a cute book
Sep 11, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading to their children
Fun story to read aloud to young children. Colorful illustrations and a rhythmic narrative that are sure to appeal to children of all ages. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

This book was selected as one of the books for the August 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Samara Winter
Feb 21, 2015 Samara Winter rated it really liked it
The book "More More More said the baby" is full of laughs, smiles, and three happy babies. This book has three stories each one similar to the last one, each one with a happy baby, and each one begging for more! The first story is about little guy; He runs away from is daddy to only be chased and thrown up in the air by has dad. His dad admires his little belly button and plants a big 'ole kiss on it resulting in little guy saying "More. More. More." The second story is about Little pumpkin; lit ...more
KayLeigh Nava
Feb 11, 2015 KayLeigh Nava rated it really liked it
Summary: "More More More Said the Baby" involves three short stories about babies and a loving adult in their life. The first story is Little Guy. Little Guy is running away from his dad. His dad as to "run like anything" to catch Little Guy. When the dad catches little guy, he throws him up and swings him in the air. The dad sings to Little Guy and kisses him on the belly. Little Guy laughs and says "More. More. More." The next baby is Little Pumpkin. Little Pumpkin is scooting away from her gr ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it
I love Vera B. Williams, her sincere story telling, and of course, her distinctive gouche painting, picture frame-style illustrations. I remember this book from when I was young, but it is always different reading picture books as an adult. Now I see a treasure of a story about three little babies and their loving caregivers. The repetition within the narrative and the drawings of babies will captivate young listeners, and the message will warm the hearts of parent readers.

Williams, Vera B. Mas Mas Mas Dijo El Bebe New York: Harper Collins, 1990, Traduccion 2007, Valenzuela, Liliana

Target Audience: Grades K to 2

Awards: Caldecott Honor

This colorful picture book tells the stories of three active young children; Pequenin, Calabacita y Pajarita. The first part of the book shows Pequenin playing with his Papa and sitting on a blue chair. At the end of Pequenin's playtime we read "Mas, mas mas" (More, more, more). The next section is about Calabacita who
Renee Clark
Feb 10, 2015 Renee Clark rated it it was amazing
When I saw this book on the list I had to pick it for on of my Picture Story Books. Why? My mom used to read this to me when I was little and I read it when I was able to. I actually haven't heard it since I was little so it was interesting to read it now as an adult. I remember this book for the bright colors and the way it made me feel. This is about three little toddlers who are showered with affection by grownups. I think that this is a great book. Between the quirky watercolor drawings and ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
The stories are perfect for very young children. Short and sweet, and showing the grownups' love for the children. However, I did not like the illustrations at all; just not a style that appeals to me. The faces were too distorted for my taste.
Michael Fitzgerald
Aug 21, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Three dull and bizarre stories accompanied by primitive illustrations. How could anyone think this worthy of an award?
-- re. love; trust; play; sleep;
-- re. parent & child; infants; fathers; grandmothers; mothers; families; babies;

Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.

Three vignettes of family love feature multicultural babies and their caregivers. Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird are chased, caught, and cuddled by adoring parents and grandparents. Each child reacts by clamoring for "More, more, more!" This sweet refrain reinforces
Dec 09, 2015 Kassandra added it
Shelves: picture-book
This book is a Caldecott Honor Book and it is a picture book for young children between the ages of 0-5. It's definitely a book that should be read to young children because of its repetition of "more, more, more" and also because of the relationship that each child has with their loved ones. I would have loved to read this as a preschooler because at this age I think I would have been able to recognize that their was three different children that the story was about. A dad, grandma, and mom are ...more
Linda K.
Sep 09, 2015 Linda K. rated it it was amazing
This book captures the heart of my three year old grandson. He is a voracious reader. He knows hundreds of books by full title and the differences among all of the Knuffle Bunny books. When he asks for a book by its title, I know it is one he truly has enjoyed. I think he chooses which characters he enjoys and puts himself into his/her setting. He can easily put himself into the situations of the three main characters in this book. He also enjoys the adult characters in the book. The illustratio ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Kristina rated it liked it
This beautifully and colorfully illustrated book tells three separate stories about how babies are played with and how they’re loved. First story, Daddy throws baby, swings baby and boasts baby’s belly button. As he gives kisses on the belly button, baby laughs, “More. More. More.” Second story: grandma chases baby and kisses his toes. Baby laughs, “More. More. More.” Third story: Mom finds baby asleep. She undresses baby and tucks her into bed. Baby breaths, “Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.” The book invites th ...more
Aug 26, 2011 David rated it really liked it
More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams has three related stories about toddlers who run and are scooped up by adoring caregivers to be swung around, kissed, and in the final story, tucked into bed. Each child asks for More, More, More.

There is a repetition in the text that will appeal to young children.
In each short story we meet the baby, then see how the grownup plays with and loves the baby. The text appears as if painted with more than one color on each letter. Nicknames featuring
Amy Forrester
Jul 16, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Each of the three very short stories in this picture book for babies and toddlers features a charming baby and a caring adult – a daddy, a mama, a grandma. Blonde-headed Little Guy runs away from his daddy, only to be thrown up in the air and then kissed right in the middle of his belly button. Little Pumpkin scoots down the hall, but Grandma is faster and she scoops Little Pumpkin up to kiss his toes. And then there’s Little Bird, who falls asleep so fast Mama catches her just in time, rocking ...more
Allison Whitford
This is the adorable story of the love between three children, Little Bird, Little Pumpkin and Little Guy, and their parents or the adults in their lives. The story goes through the main activity of a baby's life, waking up, being awake, and falling asleep again. The book is a multicultural book, and it addresses more than traditional parents. There is a mom, dad, and grandma. Children will love this book, especially before bedtime. The bright colors will get the children's attention. The sweet ...more
We received the board book version of this Caldecott Honor book when my son was only three months old, and I thought this book (still one of the longest board books in our collection), wouldn’t hold up well to his attention span. Like so many aspects of parenthood, my assumptions were wrong, wrong, wrong. This has been one of his favorites since the very beginning. The bright colors and pictures were perfect for engaging him when he was younger, and the rhythmic words grabbed his attention as he ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Rochelle rated it liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This child's book follows three different babies and their families. Each baby has a different family structure from father, grandmother, and mother. I liked this book since it wasn't just the stereotype family unit, but instead many different types. Each baby is loved equally and I love the message of family that it supports. I would use this book for younger kids, probably preschool age to talk about the different types of family.
Sarah M.
Oct 29, 2015 Sarah M. rated it it was amazing
This book is targeted towards younger children and I would recommend it be read to preschool and early elementary school aged children. I think that this book is a great way to relate to many students. This book has multiculturalism in it and also shows how parents and grandparents play and take care of the child. Many kids can find common ground with the characters of this story. The colors are vivacious and pull in younger readers.
I don't know, I didn't really like the illustrations in this one. The people looked disproportionate and didn't have necks half the time. There certainly are bright colours though--even the letters are coloured, which I thought was kinda cool but would be hard for some people to read I think (especially a colour blind person!). I liked how it featured kids of three different ethnicities and with different parent figures (dad, grandma, mom).
Feb 26, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents of babies and toddlers
Three separate, multicultural love stories make up this book - and each story follows the same pattern. Little Guy and his dad (Caucasian) play chase until his daddy catches him and tickles his belly. Little Pumpkin, (African-American) and her grandma (Caucasian) play chase until grandma tickles her toes. Little Bird and her mama (both Oriental) have a bed time "chase."

There is a lot to love about this book. First, it is very unique in the multiculturalism - I can't think of another book that h
Megan Boomgarden
this choldren's story is written about grandparents playing with their grandchildren. Its colorful Gouache paintings earned it the caldacott medal. One of the aspects of the book that intrigued me the most was the text. the words were painted into the paintings and are very colorful and festive like the rest of the artwork. along with the multicolored hand painted text, each page has a border of different colored lines and dots. The colors and borders corresponded to the three differetn kids in ...more
Real Supergirl
Here's what is amazing about the book that many reviewers fail to get: it's diversity and subversiveness. In the first vignette we have an affectionate, playful father - how often do we get to see that in children's literature? In the second vignette we have a transracial family. We don't ever find out the details of how of why, but we have a white grandmother playing with a black child - how often do we get to see that in children's literature? And in he third vignette we have an Asian mom and ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 05, 2010 Eva Leger rated it did not like it
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
Quirky? Who called the illustration "quirky"? I call it down right SCARY. The man in the first story is the stuff nightmares are made of. I'll be waking up tonight because of that guy. And who gave the artist permission to make his shorts that short? Is it a man or a woman? That alone should be against the rules. I'm offended because my eyes were screaming at me to close the damn book. Triple YUCK.
The story itself (if you can somehow forget the mind-numbing pictures) sucked too. Everything suck
Jul 05, 2016 Jannah rated it it was ok
In 3 variations of this story, a small child either runs quickly or is about to fall off a couch when a grown-up family member catches them and in some cases proceeds to kiss or eat tummies and toes (which just sounds uncomfortable and gross and creepy to me). Very colorful artwork (even the text is colorful) but it just didn't grab me and the story was offputting.
Aug 20, 2015 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
If your story time is to a younger group, just do the first two stories mentioned and this one.

Toddlers have a shorter attention span. A fifteen-minute story time is plenty for them. Sing lots of songs. After one or two stories pass around a basket of board books and let their attending adult read aloud to them for three-to-five minutes. Collect the books, lead an activity rhyme or song, read a last story and then let them play. A planned activity for the children gives the mothers a chance to
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Graduate of Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where she majored in graphic art. In her own words, she has "done graphic art, school teaching, children-raising [she has two daughters and a son], has run a bakery and been a cook in schools and restaurants." (from back flap of book)

Vera B. Williams is the winner of the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.

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