Why We Love It
Mem Fox “gets” babies in a way that few authors are able to achieve. The words always hit the right mark. The few words on each page make it easy to keep to the delightful rhythm. One of the ways we judge a picture book is the way that the words and the pictures work together. And Helen Oxenbury’s adorable babies enhance the words in the best way possible. Babies love to see other babies and these babies are doing all of the things your little bundle enjoys-hiding in blankets, sitting comfortably in the ways that only very young children easily do, playing and exploring the world and each other. This book will certainly be enjoyed as your newborn gets older and continues to engage with books.
- Change the voice you use for reading. Alternate your regular reading voice with a whisper voice, a sing-songy voice or a squeaky voice.
- Hold your baby close so the book is 8-10 inches from their eyes. This allows newborns to focus on the images with their still-developing eyes.
- As they gaze at the babies in the book, name what they are seeing. “There’s a baby wearing a green scarf. Your grandma knitted you a yellow scarf.” Babies love the sound of loving voices and begin building an understanding of how language works by hearing language.
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