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Title:
Some babies
Author:
Schwartz, Amy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, [2000]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A talkative toddler delays going to sleep by asking about the activities of some babies in the park.
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Publication date from CIP data.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531302873

9780531332870
Format :
Book

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Baby is a toddler now, and he is as beguiling as ever. He has a voice -- and a mission. It's nighttime and this baby wants to hear all about some of the other babies in the neighborhood. Momma tries to oblige, but soon she is so tired that her mouth is too fuzzy to speak. That would be enough to get some babies to go to bed. But not this one!


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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Those who were delighted by A Teeny Tiny Baby (1998) will be interested to see how the baby has grown into toddlerhood. It's bedtime (or perhaps well past). The baby is in its crib and wants to hear stories about other babies. Mother tries to oblige. In an almost stream of conciousness narrative, she talks about some babies who go on swings and play on the slide; babies who sit in the strollers; wear bathing suits in the sprinklers or wear nothing at all. As Mom gets more and more tired, Baby gets more energized. With one parent fast asleep, it's time for "Daddy, more!" Schwartz has all the elements in their usual delightful order: the gouache illustrations sweetly and smartly capture a family's world, and the text is true to both mother and child. There is, however, a question of audience. Young children may be too close to the behavior to get the joke, though, like Baby, they will enjoy the rhythmic text as well as hearing about other kids. All in all, this may be best suited for parents, who will identify with and appreciate the nuances. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Schwartz revives a familiar bedtime picture-book theme in this lesser companion to A Teeny Tiny Baby. A park playground is visible through the bedroom window as a baby signals a stall in the bedtime ritual, first by throwing a blanket out of the crib, then by handing off teddy bear and milk bottle to his or her mother. The child then gives a clear directive: "Mommy, talk about some babies in park." Growing increasingly sleepy, the patient woman utters a slow-moving litany of toddlers' activities in the park, detailing how they use the playground equipment, what they wear and what they eat as snacks. The woman insists that her mouth has become "fuzzy" and she cannot continue with her storytelling. But the persistent child goads her onÄin sometimes unconvincing baby-speakÄuntil she finally nods off. After several unanswered queries ("Mommy? Mommy sleep?"), the baby calls out, "Daddy? DADDY MORE!" bringing this passable story to a wry if not entirely surprising conclusion. Brightly hued gouache pictures convey the comical contrast between the energy of the wide-eyed baby, as well as his peers in the playground, and the fatigue of the exhausted mother. But the spare language that so successfully conveyed the child's point of view in Schwartz's earlier volume gets clouded by a predominantly adult perspective here. Ages 2-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-In this follow-up to Schwartz's A Teeny, Tiny Baby (Orchard, 1994), a wide-awake toddler puts off bedtime with a seemingly simple request: "Mommy, talk about some babies in park." Tucked comfortably in crib and with bottle in hand, the youngster listens as the mother patiently details how different children enjoy their outings-going down the slide, splashing in the sprinklers, snacking in their strollers, digging in the dirt, and riding and colliding on their tricycles. Each time she tries to bring her story to a close and say goodnight, the child demands more. Finally, it is the mother who falls asleep while the bright-eyed youngster calls out, "Daddy, more!" In the appealing gouache artwork, pictures of parent and child alternate with scenes of toddlers participating in the described activities. The bright hues and cheerful patterns of the children's clothing make a nice contrast to the grainy gray sidewalks and rusty-colored bricks of the city-park setting. The occasional use of a white background helps to focus attention and keeps the layout from becoming too frenzied. All of the little ones are busy doing something, and their facial expressions range from fierce concentration to steely determination to total enjoyment. The soothing tone of the repetitive text balances nicely with the high-energy illustrations. An engaging choice for toddlers who like to look at other toddlers, as well as for those who can appreciate a good delay tactic.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.