Baby Love

illus. by Brooke Boynton Hughes. 32p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Apr. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442433922; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442433939. LC 2013046179.
PreS—In ardent, rollicking tribute to the sweet charm of babies, a mama and papa laud the simple, yet special attributes of their own. "Rosy cheeks. Button nose. Little fingers. Tiny toes" is the start of what becomes a heartfelt love song to little ones. The refrain "Sweet kiss. Warm hug. Yes, it must be baby love" is repeated three times later in between other general baby attributes applicable to just about any infant, such as "Precious smile. Chubby thighs. Perfect ears. Sleepy eyes." The wide-spread, glossy illustrations depict a happy family of three enjoying the common day-to-day activities and characteristics of babyhood. No specific gender is implied (red-striped shirt and blue pants), suggesting that either is equally lovable. Equally endearing is the fact that both Mama and Papa care for baby at various times throughout the day until the very last page when both grown-ups nestle into each other's arms on the couch, fast asleep after an eventful day with their little one.
VERDICT A wonderful choice for baby storytime programs.

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