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B Is for Baby: An Alphabet of Verses

Livingston, Myra Cohn

ISBN 10: 9996013375 / ISBN 13: 9789996013379
Published by Margaret Mcelderry, 1996
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Title: B Is for Baby: An Alphabet of Verses

Publisher: Margaret Mcelderry

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Very Good

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Who can resist the appeal of babies? They are celebrated here in their many moods and moments in such verses as:

likes to fret.

Is he hungry?
Is he wet?

looks at us:

Let me be,
I like to fuss!

Inspired by her own first grandchild, the well-known poet, anthologist, and teacher Myra Cohn Livingston honors babies in tender, sometimes funny poems. Lovingly observed, babies' actions and reactions are recorded for the enjoyment of older children with young siblings, as well as for parents and grandparents. Full-color photographs sensitively reflect babies' zest for life, their pleasures and displeasures, their never-failing appeal.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A photograph album of ordinary verses about extraordinary babies by a poet (Festivals, p. 456, etc.) who has written more portentous works, but perhaps not such personal ones. Arranged alphabetically, most of the verses use the designated letter to describe the baby in an activity pictured, e.g., B for ``Bathtub-Baby,'' K for ``Kicking-Baby,'' T for ``Throwing-Baby,'' etc. Some of the verses are unpolished--``Christmas-Baby'' ``falls asleep/and smiles to be/dreaming/of her Christmas tree''--while others are pedestrian --``glad to see/his mother's face,/glad to see/his special space,/glad to hear/his doggy bark,/glad he'll get to/see the park.'' The march through the alphabet can be a bit grim and determined, with V for baby's ``Vim and Vigor,'' X for the kisses a baby is trying to escape, and Y for older babies who know how to ``Yell.'' A few display humor and originality: ``Swinging-Baby'' is a poem that swings with the playground equipment and gives readers plenty of leeway for its recitation. The babies--in a multiracial array--are portrayed in inventive photographs that convey the children as strong individuals; when photo and poem mesh, the result can be quite winsome. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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