Esbaum brings the littlest listeners an adorable and rollicking read-aloud about animal babies.
Bouncy rhymes and spot-on rhythms will delight little ears (“Paws and claws / and little flippers, / feet that look like fuzzy slippers. / Itty-bitty hooves and toes. // Webby footsies? / We love those!”), but inarguably, it is the photos that will attract and hold readers’ attention; accompanying the quote above, these include a black bear, a manatee with a parent, a polar bear, an Indian rhino, a mountain gorilla, and a trio of domestic ducks. Whether taking up a single- or double-page spread or simply placed in circular vignettes whose borders they frequently overflow, these babies will enthrall. While the animals are not labeled on the pages, the backmatter “Meet the babies” includes a circular thumbnail of each of the 54 (identical to the photo from the text), its name, and the name used for the baby animal (calf, chick, foal, etc.). Throughout, children will spy Hanson’s tiny cartoon animals with pompoms cheering about their love for babies of all kinds. Listeners will quickly catch their enthusiasm, though some rereads may be in order before they can chime in on the only thrice-repeated refrain: “We love babies! / Yes we do! / We love babies! / How about you?”
An eye-catching way to introduce older toddlers and preschoolers to the babies of our world. (Picture book. 2-5)