Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week! Also, if anyone is interested in helping me make a button for this feature, please let me know.
Baby Nose to Baby Toes by Vicki Ceelen
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House
I thought I’d kick this Saturday Story Spotlight into high gear to start and open with Daniel’s favorite book OF ALL TIME. Of course, ‘of all time’ in this case means just over 16 months, but still. We’ve been reading this book to him since he was about three months old, and it has been a consistent favorite for that entire time.
The basic format of this book pairs a baby in a given post/making a certain face with a similar image of an animal.
I enjoy the book for the rhythm of the words. I’ve found that occasionally the board books with pictures of real babies spend so much time on the image that the words seem as if they were mere afterthought with clunky cadence and overly forced rhyme. That is not the case here at all, everything flows very well.
It won’t be a surprise to anyone who has spent time around babies and toddlers that Daniel likes a book that has pictures of real babies, that seems to be a fairly universal. However, we have quite a few books with real babies in them and have borrowed even more from the library, and none has caught on like “Baby Nose to Baby Toes.” I think it is the juxtaposition of the babies with the animals that really draws him in. His favorite page reads “Baby’s clean as clean can get, puppy’s dripping, sopping wet.” It has a great picture of a baby in a bathtub, next to one of a wet Golden Retriever. Actually, I’m not sure if it is just his favorite picture in this book, it might be his favorite picture in any book he has ever read, he just loves that baby and that dog. He’ll sit with this book and just look at that page for 5+ minutes, occasionally telling me, “dog!” or “baby!”
Any book that a child can adore for over a year in a time when he is changing so rapidly is definitely one worth investing in, so I can very highly recommend “Baby Nose to Baby Toes.”
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