Tuesday, June 8, 2004
Mommy Loves Her Baby, Daddy Loves His Baby
Morrow, Tara Jaye. 2003. MOMMY LOVES HER BABY, DADDY LOVES HIS BABY. Ill. by Tiphanie Beeke. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0060290781 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-1]
SUMMARY and ANALYSIS
This delightful picture book is a testament of parental love, paralleled by animals acting out their favorite pastimes. “Daddy loves his baby like gorillas love to swing, like the cheetahs love to run and the birdies love to sing.” With Daddy represented on one side, and Mommy on the other, this refreshing and playful portrayal of animal fun is a nice break from stereotypical Mommy/Daddy flipbooks in which old-fashioned roles are depicted.
Morrow’s excellent rhythm brings this book to life. It is easy to read in a lilting manner and flows effortlessly through each page turn. Beeke’s watercolor illustrations are almost childlike and thus, intensify the appeal for young children. The text helps keep the energy high by following the action on various pages. The line, “Mommy loves her baby like the penguins love to slide,” angles down the page mimicking the illustrated mommy and baby penguin team. Also, the names of the animals are in different colors. In this example, the word “penguins” is in black and white alternating letters. At the end of each section, the message is made clear. Mommy/Daddy loves her/his baby, “and you know why this is true? ‘Cause his baby is the sweetest little, cutest little YOU!”
Children would enjoy acting out many of the actions presented in the book. For example, they could bounce like bunnies and creep like turtles. They could also imitate the sounds listed, such as whooing like owls, gobbling like turkeys, and mooing like cows. Then encourage them to try to create sounds for animals that may not be commonly known, such as butterflies or bats.
Use as an opportunity for Dads to participate in reading to their children.
Other two-sided books with parents or grandparents featured:
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST. ISBN 0689805772
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST/WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST. ISBN 0689805527
Other parent and child books illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke:
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. ONLY MY DAD AND ME. ISBN 0694525847
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. ONLY MY MOM AND ME. ISBN 0694525855
By Amy D. Picard