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CALM AND SOOTHE (Baby Gym Series)

Author: Sanja Rescek

Illustrator: Sanja Rescek

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Publisher: Child's Play,

Material: board book

Summary: This is a series of short, familiar lullabies to sing to a newborn or infant. The bonus: short sentences of bedtime-soothing advice to hel reassure and encourage a new parent. Parent activity ideas complements this collection of classic nursery rhymes and songs.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 2; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 0 to 1

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Shared with child who is 1½-years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our son liked flipping through the book to see the pictures. He didn't want to read it with me, he wanted to look at it on his own.

Adult Reader Reaction: This wasn't a helpful book for me. I know all the songs; I cradle my child and have eye contact when I sing to him. However, for a first-time parent, this may be more useful. My son was too old for thsi book 2 to 12 months would be idea..

Pros: Colorful pictures will make this book attractive to infants. Supportive advice that is essential for new parents struggling to soothe a new baby is an added plus.

Cons: This is not a book for experienced parents, who will see it as an "interference" in their parent/child contact.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. Most of the songs are familiar (e.g., "Hush Little Baby" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Thre is little extra "movement" to learn. It might be more beneficial for a first-time parent.


Educational Themes: This book teaches the parent how to interact with an infant, and it is most effective when tit is not needed anymore. That is, when the parent knows the songs and can sing/recite the rhymes wile holding and looking at their baby, not the book.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.8 - high due to parental instructions.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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