Baby See, Baby Do By Robie RoggePhotos by Jennifer Hale“Encourages readers and listeners to practice the faces illustrated on each page.” –Kirkus Reviews This board book features photographs of babies’ faces displaying basic emotions and movements. From smiling to sad, crawling to stretching, this book covers all of the baby basics. Each two-page spread features the same baby on each side, the verso a wide shot and the recto a close-up headshot in a circular frame. Taking the title seriously, the book’s magnetic, wrap-around cover includes a mirror inside that remains open even while turning pages. Though this feature may be cumbersome for caregivers balancing a bouncing baby and the book at the same time, it capitalizes on babies’ love of self and encourages readers and listeners to practice the faces illustrated on each page. Pages that feature a movement (“Baby waves”) include an overlay of lines that emphasize the action (curved lines around a waving hand), which serves as a hint to readers to act out the movement and draw attention to that part of the photograph. In a sweet wink to readers, the baby on the last two pages of the book is reading this very book, as if to show that it really can be enjoyed by its intended audience.
Baby See, Baby Do: Lift & Look in the Mirror!By Robie RoggePhotos by Jennifer Hale“A fun concept that builds upon babies’ natural mirroring behavior.” –Publishers Weekly Photographs depict 10 ethnically diverse babies expressing a variety of emotions and engaging in basic motor activities in a cozy home environment. A round fold-out mirror invites readers to mimic the expressions and actions: “It’s your turn! Now you do!” One baby frowns and pouts; another appears happy and “silly” with a laughing grin. A baby in a pink onesie is having a rough day (“Baby’s sad. Baby’s mad”), while another plays peekaboo (“Baby hides. Baby peeks”). Images reflected in the mirror are somewhat distorted, but Rogge offers a fun concept that builds upon babies’ natural mirroring behavior.
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