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Came across this book as recommended on a list of diverse books for babies. The book has three kinds of families (dad and baby, grandma and baby, mom and baby) and three different ethnicity babies. It's also cute and our baby loves the "more, more, more" refrain.
I thought the book would have been more diverse, but to my surprise the second child has a grandmother with European features. What exactly is this book implying by not having a black grandparent who does not look like him?! It makes NO sense for the other two children to be with adults that look like them, and have a black child with a white adult. The whole team has failed and they did not think the illustrations through, so dissatisfied.
I seem to have purchased many, many Caldecott books believing that the award alone warranted adding it to my daughter's book collection only to be sorely disappointed. This book is another example. It is three short and related stories in one. The ways that the adults interact with the children is a little creepy in parts and the story is so long for being so incredibly drab. Moreover, the grammar in incomprehensible as each adult "catches that baby up" and any pattern to the language breaks down within a page or two. The As you can see from other reviews, it can be a bit painful for a parent to read through. My own toddler is not that interested in it but occasionally pulls it out to ask for it resulting in a huge internal "Yuck" from me. I am grateful I bought it used for $0.99.
The illustrations are beautiful but the words have no cadence, no rhyme and no interesting storyline. Baby books can be nonsensical, but this one was awkward and, well, boring. The grammar is perhaps dialectical, but is confusing and not in a fun, silly way. We were disappointed that a Caldecott honor book was neither fun, funny, educational, or interesting. That said, the book arrived in perfect condition. It is about as tall as an iPhone 7 regular and has vibrant colors and thick, sturdy board pages. When I tried to return it, Amazon credited me a refund but said not to send the book back.
I purchased this book for my son, who is almost 16 months old. It was a recommendation from his Early Intervention therapist, but I didn't think it was anything special. I love that it's a board book, but I prefer the ones that could teach him more things, such as the animal ones with different textures. I think a good old Dr. Seuss book would have been much better. Just an opinion!
I thought this sounded great from the description, but the illustrations are a little too 1970s for me. I don't really enjoy reading it out loud. My toddler is not super into it. I think there are other good books out there that also give a sense of the importance of diversity.
This book contains three babies with their caretaker, the father, grandmother, and mother. The children are seen having lots of fun with that person and screaming for more, more, more. Interesting that the second child, an African-American has a Caucasian grandmother. To an adult, they might be able to rationalize this, but to a child this may be very confusing why the parent does not look like the child. The majority of children reading this book is used to seeing children with relatives that look like them. If the author wants to make a statement of interracial relatives, why wasn't this done with child one and three?