BABY DAYS

A QUILT OF RHYMES AND PICTURES

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 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-7636-2786-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2006

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This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations.

THIS LITTLE BUNNY

Little bunnies prepare for the definitive bunny holiday.

Bunnies prepare for Easter in this board book. In verse set to the cadence of “This Little Piggy,” bunnies go to market, bake a cake, paint eggs, weave a basket, and do all sorts of other things to get ready for Easter. Rescek’s illustrations take full advantage of spring’s color palette, employing purples, pinks, oranges, and blues and incorporating striped and spotted ovals evoking Easter eggs. Little readers learning about the Easter Bunny for the first time will be delighted to get a peek at the process bunnies may go through to prepare for Easter and how it mirrors activities they perform with their parents.

This brisk read is a solid accompaniment to Easter preparations. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4998-0105-7

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Bee

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead.

THE ITSY BITSY BUNNY

An Easter-themed board-book parody of the traditional nursery rhyme.

Unfortunately, this effort is just as sugary and uninspired as The Itsy Bitsy Snowman, offered by the same pair in 2015. A cheerful white bunny hops through a pastel world to distribute candy and treats for Easter but spills his baskets. A hedgehog, fox, mouse, and various birds come to the bunny’s rescue, retrieving the candy, helping to devise a distribution plan, and hiding the eggs. Then magically, they all fly off in a hot air balloon as the little animals in the village emerge to find the treats. Without any apparent purpose, the type changes color to highlight some words. For very young children every word is new, so highlighting “tiny tail” or “friends” makes no sense. Although the text is meant to be sung, the words don't quite fit the rhythm of the original song. Moreover, there are not clear motions to accompany the text; without the fingerplay movements, this book has none of the satisfying verve of the traditional version.

Leave the hopping to Peter Cottontail and sing the original song instead. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-5621-0

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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