You and Me, Baby (Lynn Reiser, Penny Gentieu)

By , August 15, 2007 7:53 pm

I have to review this one since it is the current absolute all-time favorite of my 19 month-old. She wants it over and over and over again.

The book consists of a series of photos of babies and their Moms (and one Dad) doing the things that babies do: look at Mom, wave to Dad, eat, etc. Not exactly at the top of my list of fascinating books, but when you are 19 months-old, this is all pretty exciting.

Each baby/parent section is displayed on a background and with accessories of a different color, so I suppose that might become a topic of conversation eventually too.

This is a large-format book, so the photos are large too. They are clear and interesting.

There are some complaints on Amazon as to the rather stilted nature of the text, for example:

Hey, baby!
Look at you, looking at me,
looking at you, looking at me.

No, this is not how I talk to my little one. It is not “natural” speech, but it is very repetitive and rhythmic and my baby seems to love it, probably for that reason. Personally, I have no problem with the flow of the text.

My only comment would be that I wish this book could come in a board book format. It has been so loved at our house that I am just waiting for the pages to be torn to shreds with enthusiasm since my little girl even loves “reading” it by herself!

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