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Baby knows best
Henderson, Kathy.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2001.
Physical Description:
25 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 60625.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Adults may think they know what baby needs, but baby always knows best. Full color. (Baby/Preschool)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS.^-Gr. 1. Henderson playfully pokes fun at eager parents who shower their children with elaborate playthings only to discover that their little ones are more interested in the ordinary. The baby girl featured in the story is given toys that sing, rattle, whistle, and squeak. "And what does she want to play with? The front door keys." It's the same story with the books (she prefers the newspaper) and the bath toys (she prefers the bathtub plug), and the clothes (she prefers none!). The sweet ending shows baby rejecting carriage, stroller, and crib in favor of snuggling up with her family. The rhyming text is short and fun, and Granstrom's colorful watercolor illustrations get the point across nicely by contrasting busy scenes overflowing with stimulating objects with pictures of the simpler playthings baby chooses. Preschoolers with a new baby in the house will find this especially amusing. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A nearly rhyming text buoyantly proves that Baby Knows Best. For this bubbling baby girl, keys are more fun than toys; newspapers more satisfying than books; a bath plug more engaging than tub toys; a birthday suit more comfortable than any clothes; and cuddles superior to stroller, bouncer, or playpen. In the midst of an inviting clutter and a welcoming family, this little miss enjoys the bliss of infancy in a loving home. Both Dad and Brother are active participants in the nurturing. Even the dog helps out, cleaning up spilled food. A pleasing verse is flawed by occasional mismatches: bells with well, stuff with us. Still, the target audience will be so enchanted with Baby that they won't mind a rough rhyme, and the beaming, cartoon illustrations are sure to delight. The result is a winning read-aloud for parent and child, sibling to sibling, or teacher to class, and a gem for toddler and preschool collections.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.