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Homer discovers what babies can and cannot do when his mother brings home his new brother Leo
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PreSchool-- This view of a newborn as an uninteresting nuisance whose only value lies in his potential may be unacceptable to some adults. Homer's parents explain all of the things that babies can't do, but assure him that everyone starts out that way. Homer makes up a song, "No, there's not much a baby can do./ But I was once a baby, and so were you." Things look better when three-week-old Leo responds to Homer's presence by flapping his arms--now the baby's doing something. The book introduces facts about babies expressed in the negative--can't chew, can't talk, can't walk--and Homer has to make a "mistake" to elicit each piece of information, magnifying the negative cast. In contrast, Homer's mother has the same simple smile on her face whether she's explaining that the baby can't do much or commenting on the "mess in his pants." Aliki's Welcome, Little Baby (Greenwillow, 1987) introduces the state of the newborn and indicates how her world will expand without framing her developing nature in the negative or as a disability. --Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0394802659
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Book Description Random House Books for Young Readers, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394802659
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0394802659