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Don't Forget the Baby by Grandpappy Joe

Don't Forget the Baby

by Grandpappy Joe illustrated by Leslie Ann Haller

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1466387881
Publisher: CreateSpace

Parents pack for a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Weidler’s (Ogs and the Oggie Joggie, 2011) children’s picture book.

Mother and Father wake up early one morning and begin to pack, but Baby is still sleeping, so they must be very quiet. The narrator asks the reader: What are they packing for? The answer: a trip to Baby’s grandparents’ house. The car is quickly loaded, and finally, Baby awakes. Mother and Father gather all of Baby’s things, from clothes to toys to bib, but Baby begins to cry; “Don’t Forget the Baby!” says the narrator. Mother and Father assure Baby that they would never forget him; in fact, Baby is the whole reason they’re going to visit Grandma and Grandpa. The family packs into the car, and the next scene shows Grandma and Grandpa welcoming the young family with arms outstretched. “We are so glad to see the Baby!” say Grandma and Grandpa. Baby is happy; he knows that his family loves him and would never, ever forget him. Weidler (aka “Grandpappy Joe”) depicts everyday, charmingly nostalgic scenes of a 1950s family. The storyline is simple, and pre-readers and beginning readers will recognize and empathize with the baby’s anxiety over seemingly being ignored; the parents’ love and reassurance will likely bring a smile of delight to young readers’ faces. Haller’s beautiful images are authentic for the time period. Even when there’s nothing new or exciting going on, the seemingly purposeful repetition of some images may be well suited to the book’s very young audience. There are a few awkward rhymes and inconsistencies (for example, the baby is referred to as both “Baby” and “the Baby”), but the story is, for the most part, solid.

A sweetly illustrated story about childhood anxiety and family ties.