Given the dearth of such titles, Spanish-speaking families especially will find the series helpful.

ESPERANDO AL BEBE / WAITING FOR BABY

From the New Baby Spanish/English Edition series , Vol. 4

A new baby in the family can be a stressful time for an older sibling. This charming bilingual (English/Spanish) title and its series companions address such moments.

Simple conversational text and warm, colorful illustrations outlined in black represent situations young children will easily relate to. In this book, a pregnant mother and child in an interracial family get ready for the baby’s arrival by reading books, sorting through clothes, visiting the doctor, and decorating the room. In My New Baby / Mi Nuevo bebé, a child interacts with the newborn, eagerly asking questions as the family goes through the daily routine. Familiar situations include the baby nursing, getting dressed, and going for a walk. This family is an all-white one. In You and Me / Tú y yo, an older sibling contends with a baby now old enough to be giggle-inducing yet also a nuisance. Baby cries, pulls hair, and knocks over toys—but also quietly snuggles up for a book to be read. This family has light-brown skin and may be headed by a single mom. In Look at Me! / ¡Mírame!, a child in an all-black family discovers the joys of maturity by using a potty, going down a slide unaided, and making baby smile by playing peekaboo (here the British term “Peep-o!” is used).

Given the dearth of such titles, Spanish-speaking families especially will find the series helpful. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-78628-150-0

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Child's Play

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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FAMILIES

“We hope this book…will lead children and their parents to engage in conversation about their families.”

So begins this good-sized book, which is packed with photographs of families of many different sizes, shapes, ages and colors (although most wear casual clothing familiar to most American children). Bold, colorful type announces: “There are all kinds of families.” Engaging photographs throughout complement a simple text that informs readers about differences—such as big vs. small; genders and generations of parents; adoption vs. birth children. Positive similarities follow, as families get together for celebrations and family members help one another out and enjoy activities together. Only childless families are excluded, but that can be forgiven by the book’s noble, stated goal. Kelly adds an endnote to further encourage parents: “Recently, research psychologists have found that children who developed a strong family narrative from speaking with their parents about family history and hearing family stories, both good and bad, exhibited greater self-esteem….” As the photographs’ emotional spectrum covers the tiny range from cheerful to exuberant, it’s an open question whether this will encourage or inhibit truthful family-history revelations. However, the emphatic ending will certainly start a dialogue: “There are many different kinds of families. What about yours?”

Vibrant photographs—especially action shots—will capture children’s attention, build language skills and, one hopes, start conversations. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: May 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-8234-3053-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2015

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Both a sweet lap-read and a gentle exhortation that caregivers interact with their children.

BUNNY ROO AND DUCKLING TOO

Marr and White produce a toddler sequel to Bunny Roo, I Love You (2015).

“One day you woke… / and hopped out of bed. I thought you’d become a frog, / so I brought you to the pond,” the doting narrator begins. But after touching the water, the child behaves like a duckling. And when the narrator joins the child in the water, the child clings like a monkey to the adult’s back. This pattern continues as the adult and child go through their day interacting, the child becoming a snake and a cheetah before morphing into “my bunny roo.” The rabbit eats some salad before a snuggle finally reveals the human child they have been all along, a barefoot tot in green one-piece pajamas with light skin and hair a shade lighter than their mother’s red. “You are my everything, as fun as all the animals in the world.” Pale, creamy backgrounds and sparse details keep the focus on the parent-child relationship, which is very sweet and tender, especially in the closing vignette of mother holding a snuggly child. The mother, whether animal or human, has prominent eyelashes that her child lacks. (This book was reviewed digitally with 10-by-19-inch double-page spreads viewed at 29.7% of actual size.)

Both a sweet lap-read and a gentle exhortation that caregivers interact with their children. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-525-51604-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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