BABY-O by Nancy White Carlstrom

BABY-O

Age Range: 2 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``New cloth soaking in the big tin tub...Wash and rub./ Wusha Wusha...Sing a song of Mama-O,/ Sing it soft, now, sing it slow...'' In a joyfully swinging chant, the members of a busy Caribbean family are introduced, while Stevenson's deftly scribbled lines evoke their lively movements and the lush setting. Baby is chasing chickens in the garden (``Chuka Chuka''); Brother's playing with toy trucks; Sister's eating mangoes; Granny's weaving baskets (``Plesh Plesh''); and, finally, everything and everybody--including Papa and the fish he's caught--are loaded into ``Baby-o,'' the family jitney (``Putta Putta Clank Clank''), to drive the winding road to market. Children will enjoy chiming in when the onomatopoeic words are all recited again at the end, giving them a chance to remember (for example) that ``Kongada'' is the word for Pappy hoeing. Bursting with tropical color and good cheer, a fine choice for interactive sharing. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-316-12851-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1992




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