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. Volume XI Number 9 . . . .January 7, 2005
Little, Tiny Baby Mousey
What Will We Do With the Baby-o? consists of ten rhymes and songs selected by well-known children's librarian Theo Heras. Each selection is accompanied by simple instructions to help parents/adults interact with their children. The music for these selections is included at back of the book. This picture book format is a nice change from the many larger digest formats available.
As a one-time children's librarian and a new parent, I thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration. The mix of traditional pieces such as "Hush Little Baby" and more recent selections, like "Jig Along Home," will provide most readers with comfortable familiarity while possibly introducing some new rhymes and songs. Through my work with parents, it is clear that many are uncomfortable when it comes to singing to their children and would welcome Heras' simple suggestions on how to use these pieces with their babies.
Jennifer Hebert's vibrant cartoon watercolour and gouache illustrations on a watercolour block will appeal to young children. The illustrations are light hearted and complementary to the pieces chosen.
I would recommend What Will We Do With the Baby-o? to parents and as a purchase for public libraries. This title is also a nice choice for gift giving, especially for new parents.
Catherine Hoyt is the Public Services Librarian for the York Library Region in the province of New Brunswick. Catherine is currently on maternity leave with first child, Lena Anne.
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