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What Baby wants
Root, Phyllis.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color il. ; 25 x 28 cm
Various family members try to stop Baby from crying, but only his brother figures out what he wants.
Reading Level:
AD 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 28003.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 1 Quiz: 22727 Guided reading level: J.
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WAAAAAAAAH! This family goes to great--and hilarious lengths--in trying to lull Baby to sleep until Little Brother discovers that what Baby really wants is something very simple.

What does Baby want? Mama's gone to bed, so Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle, Big Sister, and Little Brother set out to soothe Baby. Does Baby want a soft feathery goose to cuddle? No. Does he want a flock of woolly sheep to keep him warm or a tree full of birds to sing him to sleep? No. As Little Brother proves, what Baby really wants is something very simple. Jill Barton's funny, warm illustrations are perfectly tuned to Phyllis Root's lively characterization of a family going to great--and hilarious--lengths to lull its youngest member to sleep.

Author Notes

Phllis Root is the author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book, Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. A sweet, simple charmer for the very young is made extra special, thanks to Barton's softly colored, folksy illustrations. Grandma, Grandpa, and the rest of the family volunteer to care for Baby while Mama naps. They do their best to quiet the child--Grandma brings pretty flowers for Baby to look at, Aunt gets a cow to give Baby slurpy kisses, and Uncle brings woolly sheep to keep Baby warm. But Baby's screams grow louder until smart Little Brother figures out what the family really needs to do to make Baby happy. Little listeners will probably guess what Baby really wants long before Root's well-meaning picture-book family has a clue. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

PW wrote, "Any child who has experienced a house thrown into a tizzy by a crying baby should get a giggle from this farmyard tale of an implacable infant." Ages 4-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-When Mama gets tired, the rest of the family volunteers to take care of Baby, but he's not happy and they can't figure out why. Grandma decides that he needs to look at something pretty, so she surrounds his cradle with meadow flowers ("WAAAAAH"). Aunt thinks a kiss will comfort him, so she brings a cow into the house to lick his face ("WAAAAAH"). Uncle thinks Baby needs something warm, so he herds in a flock of woolly sheep ("WAAAAAH"). Each loving relative goes to funny extremes to try to comfort the infant. Finally, it is left to Brother to give him what he really needs-a cuddle, a kiss, and a soft lullaby. By the time Papa gets home, Baby is asleep, the house is full of farm animals, and the whole family is ready for a nap. Barton's delightful watercolor paintings perfectly complement Root's depiction of a caring, if confused family. The expressions on the characters' faces are priceless, as hopeful anticipation changes to perplexed concern and even the cow looks worried. The endpapers at the beginning show a busy farm scene, while those at the end offer a quiet nighttime version of the same view. The repeated refrain, "Was that what Baby wanted?" and a variety of fun sound effects will have children chiming in. Filled with warmth and affection, this book is great for reading aloud or sharing at bedtime.-Kathy M. Newby, Russiaville Branch Library, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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