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Everybody Was a Baby Once: and Other Poems based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is NOT poetry about babies, but a witty and often times hilarious collection of playful poems about every the day life of young children and the creative things they think about. The variety of styles, some only a couplet to one with 6 stanzas, keep the reader interested. The delightful illustrations not only enhance the text but in one poem, ¿The Summer Snowmen¿, cleverly finishes the thought with a wordless two-page spread. The format uses the element of illustrative surprise a number of times where suspense is climaxed by turning the page to an illustrative page with one line of closing text. For instance, in ¿Elephants vs Insects¿, the soccer players ask why the centipede can¿t play until the second half, and we find on the next page a picture illustrating the answer. Topics include sports, seasons and holidays, children¿s play, toys, monsters, and of course babies. My favorite is ¿Monster Munch¿ with its surprising play on words, which is sure to get a scream out of children! While the cover indicates that it¿s for ¿ages 2 and up¿ it is better suited for a little older child who will appreciate the playfulness of words. Highly recommended. Ages 3-7.