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What's in Baby's morning?
Hindley, Judy.
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First U.S. edition.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
From the time he awakens until naptime, a baby's morning is filled with all kinds of attention and activities.
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Judy Hindley's singsong rhythms and Jo Burroughes's endearing images follow Baby through the start of a typical day, from a mother's first greetings, to being swung up in the air by Dad, to the upsetting--if temporary--loss of an indispensable toy hippo, Mr. Hup. For very young children, the quiet moments of Baby's morning are bound to seem reassuringly like theirs. A sock and a shoe, a bib and cup, a peekaboo game and a toddler truck--it's all in a morning's work for Baby and his toy, Mr. Hup.

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Booklist Review

Pres. The course of a baby's morning gets a tender, spot-on treatment here. A baby boy wakes up, and looks around. He sees his older sister, asleep; his little chair; and his stuffed animals, including his favorite, the hippo, Little Hup. In the next spread, Mom comes into baby's morning, picking him up, giving him a kiss and hug, and dressing him, with a sock and a shoe for each little foot, and a hat for Little Hup. Dad appears after breakfast, and the excitement of baby's morning comes with a trip to the park, though the temporary disappearance of Little Hup leads to tears. With Hup recovered, it's time to head home for a nap, to be followed by an equally pleasant afternoon. The watercolor art, rendered in a soft palette, uses a varied design to peek into the baby's life. Full-page scenes mix and match with divided pages and panels of pictures. This endearing family, who resemble those in Helen Oxenbury's books, will be very recognizable to young children, and the pictures are large enough to show to toddlers, who will respond to the steady beat of a text shining with familiarity. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

For Baby, morning begins when he stands up in his crib and spots both his beloved (and still sleeping) older sister and his favorite stuffed toy, Little Hup the Hippo. Several hours later, "A drink, a cuddle, a picture book, heavy eyes and a sleepy yawn," signal the end of the a.m. hours. In between, Baby's life is an idyll of cuddles and games, which Hindley (Do Like a Duck Does!) chronicles with an intriguing reportorial lilt ("Breakfast bowl/ and bib and cup./ A sister who hides/ to make him laugh"). The title question returns to introduce the next event on the busy schedule. There's one moment of high drama: Little Hup goes missing during playtime in the yard, but keen detective work by his big sister puts the universe to rights again, just in time for Baby's nap. Burroughes's (Tickle Monster) watercolor-and-pencil pictures portray familiar domestic scenes, but her crisp, Helen Oxenbury-like compositions and carefully restrained colors give the vignettes subtle energy and emotional depth. The illustrator often divides an incident into comic-style frames, so that a motherly cuddle or a tussle on the grass with Baby's father takes on an almost musical phrasing. The well-honed text and art beautifully serve the very young. Ages 2-4. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Soft illustrations, done in pencil and watercolor, complement Hindley's tender, rhythmic narrative. Baby and his favorite toy, Little Hup the hippo, share a familiar morning routine, but tragedy strikes when Little Hup gets lost under a tree. Then Baby's sister finds his toy and makes everything right again, just in time for his nap. Burroughes's gentle artwork is framed by pastel borders in changing hues-butter yellow for Baby's room, pink for the kitchen, green for the yard. This winsome book makes a good choice for naptime, laptime, or bedtime.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.