HELLO BENNY! by Robie H. Harris

HELLO BENNY!

What It’s Like to Be a Baby
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Children are exposed to a wealth of information as Harris (Goodbye Mousie, 2001, etc.) begins a series that will educate children about the first five years of life. In this first, focusing on the first 12 months, the reader is introduced to the newborn, Benny. From incomprehensible gurgle sounds to smiling for the first time to his first spoken word, Benny is observed in his home environment quickly learning all the things that are necessary for his development. Each page contains a text box of additional facts that explain in greater detail a baby’s actions throughout the growing stage, answering the many questions that curious readers might have—and quite a few they haven’t thought of. The content is richly comprehensive; preschoolers will learn all of this material gradually, through multiple readings. Emberley (You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You, 2001, etc.) uses a blend of computerized and traditional artwork with pen, colored pencils, and watercolor to create each one of Benny’s friends and family members. On white matte paper, the painted portraits are suspended above the text, while others mix in it. The visual references that correspond to the supporting facts make this piece educational and lots of fun. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-689-83257-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2002




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