Hello, Baby!"Hello, baby! Who are you?" begins this book, with a picture of a baby's hand and a monkey's tail, enticing you to turn the page. “Are you a monkey with clever toes? / Perhaps you’re a porcupine, twitching its nose.” We see an eagle, a gecko, a lion and more - all done in Steve Jenkin's vibrant paper collages.
written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
NY: Beach Lane Books, 2009.
ages 2 - 4
Baby then hears, “Wait, let me guess – Are you my treasure? The answer is…Yes!” And a parent's hand reaches toward the little baby's hand.
It's simple, but the vibrant pictures will fascinate young toddlers because they are so clear and uncluttered. Parents will enjoy reading the rhyming questions and responses. This reminds me of some of Eric Carle's classic books, like The Very Busy Spider, which my children wanted me to read over and over again.
This would make a great baby shower present, or birthday present for 2 and 3 year olds. It's available in bookstores now, and will soon be in libraries.