BABY DAYS by Belinda Downes


A Quilt of Rhymes and Pictures
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 1 - 3
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As a quilt warms a newborn, so this quilt of rhymes warms the new relationship between parent and child. Childhood rhymes alternate with questions that will spark an interaction between baby and parent, prompting them to point out and name objects in the scene or imitate the action in the text. Rhymes include such favorites as, “Star light, star bright,” “Head, shoulders, knees and toes,” “Charlie, Charlie in the tub,” “Five little monkeys” and “Rock-a-bye baby.” Combining the looks of a sampler and a quilt, Downes’s remarkably detailed artwork is a mixture of embroidery, appliqué and watercolor. Where the rhymes in the text stop, the illustrations continue to teach, picturing and labeling the food groups, types of homes, emotions, family members, clothing and bathtime paraphernalia. A wide variety of skin tones and situations ensure that every audience will find the familiar. An envelope glued to the inside back cover can hold special mementos from the first year, while a bookplate at the beginning makes it baby’s own. A cute gift for a baby shower. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7636-2786-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006