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BABY KNOWS BEST by Kathy Henderson


by Kathy Henderson & illustrated by Brita Granström

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-316-60580-8
Publisher: Little, Brown

Babies always have a mind of their own when it comes to what they want to play with, eat, and wear, and the little girl in this story is no exception. In a room stuffed with every toy imaginable, baby’s interest is taken with the keys to the front door. With shelves full of board books with bright pictures, baby only wants to read the newspaper. When dinnertime rolls around, baby has no interest in the carefully prepared mashed bananas or the baby-sized cookies; instead, she wants to eat the spaghetti that the rest of the family is eating. An older brother watches (and reports) as baby begins to make her own decisions about what she wants to do and he’s amazed at the things she likes. Loosely rhyming text is accompanied by colorful drawings that seem to tumble across the pages as baby makes her way from one activity to the next, always climaxing in a double-paged spread of baby with her choice. The illustrations are full of stray pencil marks highlighting the chaotic effect that one opinionated baby can have on a family. This roly-poly little one will bring a smile to every reader. (Picture book. 2-5)