Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Hardie Grant Egmont (2012.) I have previously reviewed Ormerod's When an Elephant Comes to School.
There are a hundred-and-one fun things to do when there's a baby around. This little girl discovers that even chores like washing and bathing turn into new games with her baby brother. But how delightful it is when he finally goes to sleep and she can have her parents to herself...
First published in 1984, 101 Things to do with Baby has a timeless appeal. Little ones can see a new baby as an interloper. This book will help them focus on the positive and help them see Baby as someone to have fun with. Not all the "Things to do" are fun - kids will grin over some of Baby's less endearing ways such as shoe-sucking, letter-eating and ankle-biting! But there are also "Things to do" like playing peek-a-boo and borrowing Baby's basket to sleep in.
Big sisters can be really helpful, especially when they start counting all the things they can do with Baby. I love the way Ormerod has detailed each "Thing" with its number, making this a counting book as well as an advice manual. Her limited palette illustrations are detailed enough that beginning readers have lots of contextual cues to read this book aloud - to Mum, or Grandpa, and yes, even to Baby.
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