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Baby Says

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Baby wants what babies always want: to get big brother's (or sister's) attention! "The author-artist depicts the tender, caring relationship of an older brother for his baby brother. The experience is universal....Fresh and appealing."
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 20th 1988 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 1988)
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Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story line of this book is focused on a baby and his older brother who are in a room playing. The baby standing in his crib and playing/watching his older brother playing with some building blocks on the floor. When the baby throws his teddy bear on the floor the big brother gives it back, when the baby does it again, the brother takes him out of the crib and sets him on the floor next to building blocks, and when the baby knocks over the blocks the older brother gets a little upset, but bab ...more
Cara Byrne
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
A brief picture book about two young brothers as they play together. While the book begins with the boys at separate ends of a room, the baby brother quickly draws his brother near to him. The baby's brother repeats the words "Here," "No, no" and "Uh oh" as the baby uses his teddy bear to gain his brother's attention and knock down his brother's toys. The best part of this book is Steptoe's illustrations, which are lively and sweet. Lu especially loved the page with no text at all - where the ol ...more
Morgan Nelson
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Multicultural Picture Book is about a baby and his older brother. It focuses on what baby’s always want, attention. In the end, the baby gets what he wants, but I think the real meaning behind this book is the love that the brother has for his little baby brother. I think this is a good read for young children so they can see how situations, like this book, normally play out.

Very colorful picture book. It uses a lot of blues, yellows, and reds, giving off a happy vibe. The
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Part of the Treasury of Picture books I own. I didn't really like this when I first read it. Now, however, I like it a lot more. I think that I didn't notice the subtlety of it before. Even though it only uses 7 words, it tells a clear story of a baby and older brother playing together. My favorite part was a page with no words; the older brother gives the baby a very serious look after baby knocks over his blocks. I think before I didn't find this book that good because it didn't have many word ...more
Margaret Chind
Read in HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection.

Probably my least favorite in the treasury, but my daughter loves it.
Julie Woods
I loved this book. Even though this book had one and two words on each page that was said, the manner that it was done was superb. This book teaches the relationship between siblings. I used this book to explain to my daughter the nice way siblings should play with each other even though it may at times seem hard to be nice. Great teaching book with a few words.
Lillian Barczynski
This book is about how people always tell kids "no." The baby in this story is throwing his toys and the brother scolds him; finally, the brother smiles and tells him "okay." I could discuss with my class why people get in trouble.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
So cute. Very simple, good for toddlers. AA brothers.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sonlight-p3-4
It's amazing how much emotion can be expressed with so few words. My kiddos love this book. :)
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it
classic. story about a little boy and his baby brother. few words, mostly pictures tell the story.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One word can say a lot. The relationship of two brothers through single word conversations.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought the book was just OK, but my son loved it.
Anja Manning
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uwm-multi-741
According to the book's front flap, it is "a celebration of the universality of childhood". I agree, but even more so I wish every little child had a big brother who takes such good care of them.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
There isn't much of a story and it wouldn't work for Story Time. It would be better as a board book and a family read. Good illustrations, though.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
adorably Illustrated Baby/young toddler book.
Ann Santori
Really lovely book with very few words depicting the 'conversation' between a big brother and his baby brother.
Leah Grant
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is about a baby who is determined to get his older brothers attention. Steptoe use of light colors for the illustrations makes this book feel more light-hearted. The pictures clearly show the emotions of the older brother and the baby. This book has no words so the reader has to rely on the picture to tell the story. Although the older brother is frustrated with the babies attempts to get his attention initially, he quickly realizes the baby just wants to go outside with him an ...more
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John Steptoe was an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books from New York City. He began working on his first children's book, Stevie, while still a teenager and achieved great success during his tragically short career, encouraging the advancement of African American culture by producing work about the African American experience that children could appreciate. Recipient of two C ...more
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