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The rhyme scheme and pictures in this book are so much fun. We read this as a library book when my kids were smaller, and have since purchased it as a present for friends with toddlers, but my youngest (now six) continued to quote lines from it once in awhile — so we finally just bought it for ourselves! One of our faves. Also great for beginning readers.
Great book. It follows the typical day of my toddler and is fun to read. The rhymes are easy to recall and my 3 year old memorized it fast. We checked it out at the library and just bought our own copy. I hope this team make more books together!
This has got to be one of the cutest toddler books I’ve ever read. Little Baby Buttercup (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015) is a “Mommy and Me” story about daily activities and growing up. Readers will join Buttercup, as she eats, plays with blocks, “helps” her mother in the garden, and explores the outside world of nature and busy people around her.
Author Linda Ashman tells the story using bouncy rhymes that are simple and fun, propelling the story forward. The vocabulary presents a few opportunities for your child to be exposed to new words, like “traveler” and “journey,” and learn to pay attention to sounds, not just actions. While the story follows a bunch of mini-adventures, there is still a sense of dramatic structure. There’s a definite build-up, followed by a point of conflict – rain! – and a calming resolution. Not always what’s expected from a toddler book. Impressive writing, indeed.
Bringing to life Buttercup’s world is illustrator You Byun. She uses sort of an East-meets-West style of drawing and feminine-looking watercolor painting to create pictures that look “vintage” without being “outdated” and “Asian-inspired” without causing the reader to feel like she’s looking at manga. The illustrations are bright and large, sure to capture and maintain a young child’s attention. They are also relevant to the story, driving home the ideas and sounds that Ashman presents.
I think Little Baby Buttercup is all around adorable. There is a diverse multicultural crowd of kids at the playground and people moving about the town. I wouldn’t say it’s geographically ambiguous, because there’s an obvious east-coast town feel. However, California babies can easily identify with squirrels, coffee shops, and getting caught in the rain.
Before you rush out and buy this book, note that, while Little Baby Buttercup is clearly targeted at toddlers, it boasts a jacketed hardcover and paper pages. You might want to hold off on it, or at least store it in a safe place, until you’re sure your child knows that books are not to be torn and eaten. Properly cared for, this book could be read and loved well into the early grade years.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a First Reads giveaway winner on GoodReads.com. There was no obligation to write a review.
This is my toddler daughter's favorite book. She asks to read it every night. And it's one that I actually enjoy reading, so that's a huge relief. (If you've ever survived a Dora the Explorer book, you know what I'm talking about.)
It's a sweet story about the day in the life of a little girl who plays with her toys, helps water the garden, goes to the park, shares a treat with her mom in a coffee shop, etc. My daughter loves that she can relate to everything the girl in the story does. Most of the popular picture books lately are fantasy based, but my kids are much more fond of stories like this where they can closely relate to the character's activities.
I wish that picture books like this -- that aren't so high concept and are designed to appeal to children first and to adults second, rather than the other way around -- received more attention.
Anyway, it's a very sweet and comforting book with lovely illustrations and it's a favorite in my house. Thank you, Linda Ashman and You Byun.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
This is one of our family’s favorite books. It is a beautifully written , beautifully illustrated account of a typical day of a toddler and her mother. The rhymes are very sweet, and the rhythm and cadence lull my kids into relaxation. This one never gets old! It is one of the few stories we never tire of, and one of the first books my kids memorized. I wish all children’s books were like this one.
This is one of our favorite children's books and we have A LOT! I love the rhythm, the fun language, and the adorable illustrations. The book is basically "a day in the life of a toddler" and it mimics our own routine: having breakfast, tending to the garden, going to the park, a surprise rain shower and going to a cafe, and finally, bedtime. My daughter loves that all the activities in the book are things we do too and she even uses some of the phrases from the book during the day. Definitely recommend this book!!