What child hasn’t felt boundless love for a special doll or toy?
An adorable young light-skinned, pink-cheeked girl bedecked with blue barrette holding back wispy bangs assures her equally adorable white, pink-cheeked, pink-bowed baby doll that she loves her day and night, in all sorts of weather, and while they engage in a variety of activities and adventures. The simple, very reassuring story is told in lilting rhymes that scan well. The endearing, uncomplicated, gently colored illustrations, rendered in gouache, pencil crayon, watercolor, India ink, and collage, are set against lots of white space on double-page spreads, allowing young readers/listeners to focus attention easily on the child, her doll, and the action; some words are highlighted in pastel tones for visual appeal and to signal adult readers to emphasize them to enrich the listening experience. Though this slim book explores a well-trod concept, it’s a charmer to share with the very youngest audiences at quiet, one-on-one lap times and before bed; it’s also a lovely paean to the caregiver-child bond.
Both young listeners and caregivers will relish this ode to their own favorite Baby-Boos. (Picture book. 1-3)