________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003

cover Yo Baby!

Roslyn Schwartz.
Toronto, Annick Press, 2002.
24 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $18.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-754-X (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-755-8 (cl.).

Preschool / Ages 1-3.

Review by Ruth McMahon.

** /4

excerpt:

Yo Baby!

I'm not a baby, I'm a

butterfly

I'm not a butterfly, I'm a

giraffe

 

Yo Baby! is a “guess what comes next” book. For example, on the left-hand side of each two page spread, there is the completion of the phrase started on the previous page (e.g. butterfly), and on the right-hand side the first words of the next phrase (e.g. I'm not a butterfly, I'm a.). This arrangement is used repeatedly through the book with various animals and objects, e.g. pineapple, desert island, handsome hound, big hairy ape and soap bubble.

internal art
      Desert islands, big hairy apes and handsome hounds (although funny to say) are unfamiliar phrases to toddlers and pre-schoolers. They will label the handsome hound - dog, the big hairy ape - monkey, the desert island - palm tree, and the soap bubble - rainbow balloon.

      The 'I'm not a ' pattern works but might be better served with a repetition of the 'Yo' phrase each time. (e.g. I'm not a butterfly, I'm a giraffe. Yo giraffe. I'm not a giraffe, I'm a ).

     Schwartz's coloured pencil illustrations have their own story. The butterfly, giraffe, and pineapple set sail in a boat made from the newspaper, pick up the handsome hound and land on the desert island and so on.

     Precious library dollars would be better spent on the classics of this genre, books such as I Went Walking and Brown Bear Brown Bear.

Recommended with reservations.

Lethbridge, AB’s Ruth Scales McMahon is the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.

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