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Author: Mem Fox

Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

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Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This sweet story portrays the similarities and differences between babies/toddlers born in different areas of the world. This is a picture book celebrating the joys babies bring us.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 3

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 1 and 3.

Young Reader Reaction: My 3-year-old loved this book and asked us to read it several times in a row. He made associations between the pictures (near and far), between the babies, and asked LOTS of questions.

Adult Reader Reaction: Gorgeous yet adorable watercolor illustrations and a sweet text "shout" the comforting message "we are loved." I loved how it s hoed my son that babies look different, yet they are all loved dearly. At the end, the mother gives her baby 3 kisses on his nose, so I get to do the same with my children. What a fantastic way to finish a book!

Pros: Gorgeous illustrations, with a loving and gentle story, show many ethnicities of babies and teaches "brotherhood" through similarities kids can relate to.

Cons: NONE!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book for kids ages 2 and up, and would make a wonderful gift for a new baby.

If You Liked This Book, Try: And Here's To You by David Elliott COUNTING KISSES: A KISS & READ BOOK   MOO, COW, MOO! (Babysmart Level 3)   MOONBEAR'S FRIEND

Educational Themes: There is lots to do with this book. First, celebrate love. You can also do some counting, identify body parts, even some animals. It also teaches diversity and tolerance at a level toddlers can absorb it.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2008

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