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Hello Baby! by Mem Fox
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May 05, 09

bookshelves: picture-books
Read in May, 2009

Take two amazing children’s book creators and put them together and you get a treat like this book. The book starts with a simple question, “Hello, baby! Who are you?” It moves from one animal guess to the next with each animal doing an action that children will love to imitate. Fox has created a joyous bouncing verse that romps from one animal to the next with great merriment. Paired with the amazing paperwork art of Jenkins, the book is taken to another level.

As I read this book, my mind immediately heard the chorus of preschoolers pretending to be yawning hippos. I also saw groups of children rolling their eyes like geckos. Jenkin’s art is realistic and vivid. The colors shout from the page and children will enjoy looking closely at the art even though it will project perfectly to a group. Fox’s words are brief and lovely, perfect for sharing with toddlers. At the same time there is a sophistication about the art and the verse that will make it of interest to older preschoolers as well. This is most definitely not solely a toddler title.

Highly recommended as a great pick for toddlers and preschoolers. But expect lots of animal actions and silliness along the way. Appropriate for 2-5 year olds.
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