Random Book Sighting!

Here’s another staff-submitted random book sighting. Caroline, a Children’s Assistant at the Main Library, ran across this book and wanted to let everyone know about it.

Hello Baby by Mem Fox

Here’s what Caroline had to say:

“Don’t you hate it when great books slip by without ever getting noticed? Hello Baby! by Mem Fox is one of those great ones that escaped my notice until I was browsing the shelf. Mem Fox is an author perfectly fitted to write books for and about babies. The premise is simple: A baby encounters a variety of young animals, including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub, before discovering the most precious creature of all.

As cute as the story is, the illustrations are what make the book a standout. Steve Jenkins, a Caldecott Honor recipient, creates amazing cut-paper collages and is able to capture the expressions of the baby animals with incredible skill and detail. The baby animals seem to gaze right at you, and although we never see baby’s face, we see baby’s hand reaching for mom’s or dad’s hand showing us what we already know: in a world filled with babies, our baby is the most treasured one of all.

This book is definitely something to use with babies and toddlers, either at storytime or at home with your child snug in your lap. Is this a book you’ll have to read over and over again? The answer is . . . Yes!”

Thanks Caroline!

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