This Is Our Baby, Born Today

illus. by Eliza Wheeler. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399166846.
Toddler-PreS—"This is the Baby, wrinkled and gray. This is the Baby born today." A newborn elephant is celebrated in a timeless manner by its herd and other animals in a wild Indian environment. Repetitive phrasing highlights the extensive roles played in the baby's world by not only the herd but also the lagoon, a banyan tree, peacocks, and white monkeys with black faces. The landscape, created by dip pen, India ink, and watercolor, is peaceful and lively. Scenes of the baby happily splashing in the water and sitting high atop a rock while gazing at the nighttime stars are especially fun and sweet.
VERDICT Rich vocabulary and engaging artwork are sure to delight readers and young listeners.

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