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One beautiful baby
Oborne, Martine.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Counts all of the characteristics of a beautiful baby from one smile to ten sticky fingers.
General Note:
"Megan Tingley books."

First published: Great Britain : Macmillan Children's Books, 2002.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
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In this tender story, a mother counts all of the special things that make up her beautiful baby. From one sweet smile to ten sticky fingers, this baby's day is full of wonderful surprises. Parents, expecting parents, and young children will delight in this playful counting and sharing book.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. The text of this book consists of just one sentence per spread--"Take one sweet smile, two adorable eyes . . . " Add one item until they number 10. Put it all together and what do you get? "One beautiful baby!" In some ways this is a counting book, but it can just as easily be used as a fun question-and-answer game to play with little ones. Godon's pastel illustrations fill each page and are large enough to see from a distance. They show baby getting ready for the day and then out-of-doors riding in his stroller. The artwork captures life with baby and a mother's obvious affection for her child, even as it speaks to the love between every mother and every child --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

Oborne (Juice the Pig) adds up (from one to 10) the things that make a baby special in this good-natured offering. Godon's (What Shall We Do with the Boo Hoo Baby?) full-bleed pastels make the most of Oborne's simple phrases, one to a spread. A fine black line on brown paper delineates the baby's activities from the time it wakes up (with "one sweet smile") to its morning bottle (the baby perches on the mother's lap with its "two adorable eyes" open wide) to a walk in the park. Godon works into the illustrations judiciously placed fabric swatches that lend a homey feel. In a spread showing baby at breakfast (where father peels one of "three big bananas"), for instance, she covers the table with a red-and-white checked cloth. The artist even injects some humor into the proceedings: a lichen-green background provides calming contrast as the bare-bottomed baby flings "four clean diapers" from the changing table. Clearly defined objects make it easy for youngest booklovers to count along. Ages 6 mos.-4 yrs. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-This simple, unpretentious story is essentially a counting book. The cover art sets the stage with a winning close-up of a baby holding a stuffed zebra. While the illustrations are done in a minimalist, cartoon style with smooth pastels and a soft, black outline, the infant's sunny smile and purity of expression radiate warmth and genuine delight. A short new phrase is introduced on each page: "Take one sweet smile,/two adorable eyes,/three big bananas," and thus builds page by page as the numbers advance. Mom packs up, "four clean diapers," puts baby in his jacket, "six yellow buttons," and strolls to the park where there are eight ducks, and nine strawberries result in "ten sticky fingers!" "Put them all together and what do you get?" The answer is, "One beautiful baby!" This is a perfect book for toddlers; it's bold, direct, and full of beguiling smiles. Youngsters will be counting without even being aware that they're learning.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.