"We both believe that literature begins in the cradle," write Yolen and Dyer at the beginning of this collection of 75 brief but vivid poems. Most are originals from Yolen (10 poems are credited to Mother Goose), and she provides many options for incorporating song and rhyme into a child's day, from mealtime to naptime, from games to errands ("Let's go to the supermarket,/ Ride down every aisle,/ Wave at all the shoppers,/ Make everybody smile"). Beloved toys and objects also get attention, and several poems suggest interactive moments between parent (or grandparent) and child. Tidy borders frame Dyer's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which offer an ethnically diverse array of children and adults. Tenderness and comfort radiate from every page, making the book a lovely addition to any new family's library. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC
PreS--This collection of 75 short poems spans the course of a baby's or toddler's day. From morning tickles and bounces to meals and playtime to bath and sleep, all of the rituals of the day are celebrated and cherished. Most of the poems are Yolen's own with a smattering of traditional Mother Goose verses mixed in. Many of the rhymes naturally suggest activity or interaction between readers and listeners, including bouncing, clapping, cuddling, and identifying body parts and everyday objects. ("Here we come from Dreamland,/There we go to town./Baby riding on my knee,/Up, up, up-and down"). Art done in pencil and watercolor gently features wonderfully diverse babies and toddlers. The author and illustrator provide a helpful note "from two grandmothers" about using rhymes with babies. This lovely volume will be appreciated by parents and caregivers using lap rhymes for the first time as well as those looking to expand their repertoire.--Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA[Page 114]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.