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Here is the baby
Kanevsky, Polly.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Follows a day in the life of a baby as he wakes up to the morning sun, has breakfast, goes with his father to the library and the grocery store, plays, has dinner, and finally goes to bed.
Reading Level:
AD 170 Lexile.
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This New York Times Best Illustrated Book captures all the sweet and touching moments in Baby's day, from Mama's first cuddle in the morning to Daddy's last kiss at bedtime.

Parents and their little ones will enjoy seeing themselves in the simple, straightforward observations of the routines of a baby, including Baby's first shaky steps, Baby's much needed nap, the comfort of Baby's bottle, a steamy bath, and a bedtime story.

Like Mem Fox's Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes , this charming and joyful picture book by Polly Kanevsky and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, the recipient of a previous New York Times Best Illustrated Award and an Ezra Jack Keats Award, will surely appeal to families with young children.

Author Notes

Polly Kanevsky is the author of the picture book Sleepy Boy, illustrated by Stephanie Anderson and recipient of three starred reviews, including one from Kirkus Reviews calling it "unusual and captivating." Polly is a graphic designer, picture-book maker, and teacher of preschool children, who in turn teach and inspire her every day. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and her seven-year-old son. Learn more at

Taeeun Yoo received an Ezra Jack Keats Award for Only a Witch Can Fly, written by Alison McGhee and named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. She has illustrated several other books for children, including Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris and You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses, which she also wrote. Taeeun lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Kanevsky's story takes us through one baby's day in winter, starting at home with his parents and older sister. The father puts the baby in the stroller, and the baby's world expands into the bustle of a city neighborhood. We see the baby trying to walk with father's help and then trying to talk to a neighbor. Father and son go to the library, leading to a nifty book-within-a-book segment as the librarian holds up pages from Mother Goose. Father and son visit the playground, and then it's back to the comfort of home, dinner, bath, storytime, and bed. Yoo's linoleum block prints, which put the main images in sharp but always comfortable relief, subtly change in color throughout the day, until baby is put to bed in blue twilight flecked with snow. The final images are of baby in his crib, outlined with the moon's golden light. This book shows how baby's world is both familiar and challenging, and it does so with a remarkably quiet and reassuring confidence.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The events of a baby's day unfold in gentle, rudimentary prose that seeks out readers' attention by repeating the phrases "here is" and "here are" ("Here is the baby, hungry and wet. Mama changes his diaper. She gives him some milk"). After the baby's mother and sister leave for the day, the baby spends the afternoon with his father, greeting a neighbor ("Here is the baby. He's trying to talk. Here is the neighbor. She says Baby's name") before heading to the library, park, and back to their brownstone apartment as snow begins to fall. The baby's nighttime routine-dinner, playtime, bath, and bed-unfolds against the backdrop of the family's cozy home. Yoo's (Only a Witch Can Fly) understated block prints in autumnal and citrus tones convey a sense of security, while Kanevsky's (Sleepy Boy) quiet text hints at both tiny dilemmas and a child's broadening understanding of the world ("But where's Baby's mitten? And where is his mama?"). A reassuring and subtly insightful story for readers graduating from board books. Ages 2-5. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Here is a book that parents and grandparents, older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and caregivers will read repeatedly to the babies they love. It's a simple and comprehensive list of the daily activities of an almost-walking baby and his loving family. As it happens, he lives in an urban environment and spends the day with his daddy while his sister's at school and his mother is gone-presumably to work. In a three-page sequence that will endear the book to librarians, the little guy goes to a storytime at the library (and is taken out when he's "starting to fuss"). A shopping trip, a playground visit, meals, an under-table tea party with Sister, bathtime, a story, a song, and bedtime round out Baby's day, all interspersed with plenty of cuddling. Yoo depicts folks pursuing their individual interests in ways that any baby would enjoy examining: another infant is riding behind his father on a bicycle, and there are dogs, trucks and changing weather to notice. The linoleum block prints are warm and homey. The palette is mostly drawn from autumn leaves, until moonlight shines into the blue bedroom where the baby succumbs to sleep. This is the sort of book you finish with a sigh of contentment.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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