LOOK AT THE BABY by Kelly Johnson


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Age Range: 1 - 4
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A photographic investigation of a baby from head to toe lends itself to repeat visits to its adorable subjects. A short rhyming text instructs readers to look at many of the parts that make up a baby, from grasping fingers to a button nose. “Look at the baby’s chin / Look at the baby’s tummy / Look at the baby’s legs / Yum, yum, yummy!” Boldly colored backgrounds surround beautiful close-ups highlighting the feature in each rhyme. So, a two-page background of warm cherry red sets off a delicious photo of a child touching his chin and a deep yellow gold sits behind a chocolate tummy, dark blue frames just a pair of eyes, and a rich regal purple frames eyes and a nose. The collection of multicultural photographs has only one tiny flaw; it seems to miss some key parts while focusing heavily on others. Skipping hands (it does feature fingers), it focuses on toes, then feet, then legs. And it could be said that for purposes of teaching each part, the inclusion of a nose and eyes in the same picture could be confusing. However, babies love to see pictures of other babies and will be as entranced by these as the adults sharing the pictures with them. The obvious play-along activity will help babies and toddlers to identify their own chins, tummies, and eyes. As the rhyme concludes: “sweet, sweet, sweet!” (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8050-6522-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2002