Ooo, Baby Baby!: A Little Book of Love

Little, Brown. Dec. 2023. 16p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9780316514934.
PreS–A sweet story about a parent’s love at first sight for their baby, and the unconditional love that follows through the years. The text is perfect for toddlers and their families, and works well with the illustrations to capture the sentiments of the title. For example, on one page, an illustration shows a rabbit parent holding a little bunny who is wearing a yellow onesie and hat with long ears popping out alongside text that reads, “From the moment I saw you and whispered your name.” The opposite page has a large window with a half moon and stars above text that reads, “Nothing, no nothing has been quite the same.” The narrative highlights the joys many parents experience in seeing a miraculous world that includes snow, fall breezes, and flowers through a child’s eyes. It also emphasizes the simple, good times together, doing activities like reading, and reassures children that the parent will be there for them when they are sad and tired.
VERDICT This sweet, upbeat story about a parent’s unconditional love for a child has appeal for both children and adults. Highly recommended for public libraries and preschools.

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