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What the baby hears
Godwin, Laura.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Rhyming text reveals the loving sounds baby animals hear from their parents, from the "nuzzle, nuzzle, nuzzle" heard by the colt to "I love you" heard by a human baby.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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From puppies and kittens to kangaroos and frogs, here is a wonderful way to introduce young children to animals and the sounds they make. Illustrations.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"What the puppy hears Lick, lick, lick What the beetle hears click, click, click." Godwin's (Central Park Serenade, reviewed below) rhythmic, comforting chant explores the parent-child bond across familiar species. Rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, Morgan's (the Rosie series) sunlit full-bleed illustrations depict the grown animals and their offspring in loving poses. While she anthropomorphizes her subjects somewhat, her careful attention to detail gives the audience a good sense of the physical differences between younger and older animals. For example, a joey is tucked inside its mother's pouch as she bounds across the savanna. Elsewhere, an eye-level view presents tadpoles swimming underwater as the mother frog peeks above the surface of a pond. The final spread shows four toddlers bouncing at the knee of their guitar-playing caregiver: "What the baby hears I love you!" The slightly undersize format (8Y" 8Y"), the up-close perspectives and the attractively laid out, large font all help invite readers into the book. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Attractive spreads and a rhyming text introduce a variety of animal babies and their parents as well as the sounds they make. For example, "What the bear cub hears- Grrr, grrr, grrr What the kitten hears- Purr, purr, purr." The language is simple and repetitive, and the rhythm of the verses remains consistent, allowing young listeners to follow along easily. Many of the sounds are not vocalized, as a horse "nuzzles" its colt, a kid "guzzles" milk from its mother, and a joey takes a ride in a kangaroo pouch ("Boink, boink, boink"). The final spread reads, "What the baby hears- I love you," and shows four small children dancing around a man playing a guitar, marking an unexpected and slightly incongruous departure from the parent-child theme. Done in watercolors and colored pencils, the illustrations use warm hues, rounded shapes, and soft lines to create a cozy mood. All of the animals look content and many seem to be smiling. The large, uncluttered pictures and catchy sound effects make this a natural choice for group sharing.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.