Saturday, February 4, 2012


If you're looking for a gift for that next baby shower invite, this could be it. A good book is always the right size and you can never have too many of them!

Author Mem Fox and illustrator Steve Jenkins blend their talents to give birth to a book about baby animals.  The animal choices are unusual as is the vocabulary. It's rich in novel sounds, words, and cut paper artwork.
Hello Baby is a great addition to any child's library and interesting enough to entertain big brother or sister. This book is a good read aloud choice for large groups of listeners far beyond the infant set.

Language Experience Extension Idea:
After reading the book and noting the descriptive language it uses, talk to your children about what those words are describing, what they mean. (They're learning the parts of speech, but in an authentic way.)
Give some examples, describing things readily available. After a little practice, ask the children to describe something they can find in the room. You can continue extending the experience by writing what they say on a large board or chart paper.

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