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Who's That Baby? by Sharon Creech
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Sharon Creech's delightful, simple verse--celebrating babies--are wonderfully brought to life by David Diaz's (SMOKY NIGHT, THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY) illustrations.

Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift for an expectant mother and father during National Poetry Month? Or how about as a read-aloud with a little girl or boy who is just learning how to play "babies" in the playroom.

Creech's playful language includes repetition and made up words that make the verse light and fun. "Leaky Baby" and "Books" remind us that babies need care and need careful monitoring (even when introducing books at a very early age. . .)

Every member of the family is represented from the two grandmothers, to the nurturing grandfather, to the father who needs to learn the baby is not a football.

But for as much fun that is represented in these little celebrations of neonates, there are plenty of tender poems designed to cement the bond between mother and baby ("Bella Mom") and father and baby ("Daddy Plays Music").

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