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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'm torn between what I think of the book and what my daughter thinks. She's 17 months old and wants to read this book daily. I, like other reviewers, found the text a bit awkward at first. Now that I've read it aloud about a million times and added my own twists and actions to accompany the story (kisses on the tummy, toes, eyes) I'm getting lulled into liking the book too. I LOVE that the white grandmother has a black grandbaby and that the daddy is a super dad and that there is an asian mother and daughter. The illustrations don't grab me because they have kind of a messy look, but they obviously grab my girl, because she just stares and stares at each page. So...take what you will from this review. For the amount of fun it's given us, despite my initial misgivings, I think it's worth a try. In fact, I'm buying it for a friend's baby for xmas.
It is important to me that my son has books that actually have a little diversity. When I was searching for some board books that fit the bill I came across this one. Cute little story with repetition that keeps my little one interested.
Love how how the pages are hard cover and baby is able to turn the pages without tearing them. Not too crazy about the color print of the writing. The color of the pages and the writing blends in together. A bit difficult to make out especially if your reading it in a somewhat dim lighting. However, still a good book to read to baby
I've had this book for years, but only just now started reading it to my baby.
Looking at the lush painted illustrations from a fresh perspective, I am amazed again at Williams' diversity of characters, as shown not just by the variety of ethnicities that other reviewers have mentioned, but economic and other types of diversity as well.
The daddy, for example, in Little Guy's love story, is white but wears shorts and thong sandals on his feet instead of the basic black daddy footwear of most books. Is he unemployed, having a day off, or perhaps a stay-at-home dad?
In Little Pumpkin's story, not only is the grandmother of this black baby rather white, she's also rather young - at least, young enough to still have blonde hair. And is she babysitting, or - like many grandmas these days - actually raising Little Pumpkin?
Finally, I love the illustrations that accompany the Little Bird story because as the baby sleeps, the mother is converting a sofa/daybed to a cozy sleeping place for the baby. Not every baby has her own bedroom, and not every family can afford a crib or toddler bed.
It amazes me every time I read the story that Little Bird is no less loved than a baby with a more elaborate nursery. These may seem like little things, but I believe even babies look for themselves in the stories we read to them. In More More More, my baby - who has no nursery of her own - will see the kind of unconditional love that transcends ethnic or economic stereotypes.
The tone of this book is soothing, though the lilting words and some phrases were a little odd for me at first ("little guy's father has to run so hard just to catch that baby up"). But through repetitions and simple, uncomplicated rhythms, this is a lovely going-to-bed book once you've got its cadences down pat.
This is a marvellous book for a wide range of ages... my sleepy 9-year-old daughter still loves to listen to it, along with her 4-month-old sister. Get this book and then "catch your baby up" to share it with her!
I got her this book a week ago, she was immediately enthralled. Had to bring the book with her during her nap, had to sit with it and "read" it for hours (she's not yet 20 months, so this is impressive). This might, however, be less from the fact that it's a special book than from the fact that it's the first non-board book she's been allowed to hold.
I don't find the text hard to read, nor do I think the phrase "catch that (note spelling) baby up" is especially nonstandard. Even if I did, I think that hearing standard grammar from her family all the time is much more likely to influence how she speaks than hearing one phrase from a book a few times.
As far as the interracial family is concerned, she was thrilled and yelled "mommy" when she first saw it (her dad is black, but my sister is white). I doubt that this would confuse her even if her parents weren't an interracial couple - after all, parents often don't look like their children, and kids are smarter than many parents give them credit for.
Edit: Three years later, and an amusing anecdote to prove my point. My niece (now my *older* niece) was sitting for lunch with me, a black friend, and a white, blonde, very fair-skinned acquaintance. The acquaintance had come with her nanny, a black woman, and wanted to share our lunch. First the black friend (four years old at the time, but almost five) told her to "ask her mommy" (pointing to the nanny), then the acquaintance said "Oh, that's not my mom, that's my babysitter. You can tell she's not my mom because" (and this is the part that made me laugh very quietly into my sandwich) "because my mommy has BROWN hair and she has BLACK hair". The much more obvious trait of skin color didn't even come to mind to any of them - and of them all, my niece is the only one who is biracial. /end edit
The dad is definitely not "indecent", I don't know where that idea came from. He's fully dressed.
The actual printed words, though, are slightly hard to read - they're painted in a multicolored format that blends into the page, so you need good eyesight to read them. And while *I* like simple pictures (the pictures never have more than three items in them - two people and a piece of furniture), I know that many people like complex images in their picture books. So I'm giving it four stars instead of five.
This children's book is a collection of three love stories told in gouache paintings. In it, we see the love of a father, a mother, and a grandmother for the children in their care. It's playful and heartwarming. The repetition can easily be turned into a song for your littlest ones. Pretty soon they'll be chanting for more, more, more.
This Caldecott Honor Book is a good choice for children of color who have care givers of another race. Use the book to start a conversation about their feelings on being 'happy in their own skin.'
Also available in Spanish.
Listen. Learn. Love.
-- Linda Leigh Hargrove is the author of two works of fiction: The Making of Isaac Hunt (2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (2008). Her writings blend suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America.