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The story of a baby who is sad and sets off one day in search of a mummy. He meets a cat, a teddy, a clockwork hen and an uncle who all refuse to be his mummy but offer to help him in his search. They find a lady who has no baby and she agrees to bethe baby's mummy. They all have tea together and uncle reads a story about a baby who had no daddy and this leads to another search until finally a daddy is found too!
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Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.From School Library Journal:
"There was once a baby who had no mommy . . . He fed himself and bathed himself. He even changed his own diaper." So begins a modern quest in which the baby sets out to find a mother. Along the way he encounters a cat, a teddy, a wind-up hen, and an old uncle, all of whom join the hunt until they find a woman pushing an empty baby carriage. All settle very comfortably in a snug house where the uncle reads a story . . .about a baby who had no father. So they start out again. Unfortunately, the second quest doesn't work as well. While the search for the "mommy" follows folklore tradition with questions, answers, and reasoning, the search for the father is so foreshortened that it hardly makes sense and has no rhythmic quality to the telling. It seems tacked on as an afterthought, giving the story a forced and hurried ending. The whimsical watercolors are some of Ahlberg's best, however, and the delightful humor of the story and the child-pleasing role reversal at the beginning (the picture of the baby diapering himself is especially endearing) make this a worthwhile purchase. --Connie C. Rockman, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Book Description Puffin, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140565825