A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will find out about the rituals, wants, and needs of a multigenerational family around dinnertime.
Baby Wants Mama offers a strongly positive, joyous portrayal of family time around dinner -- in particular, the balancing and acknowledging of different members' desires for quiet time, reading, interaction, playtime, and nurturing.
Positive Role Models
Characters are engaged, positive, and present in family life.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baby Wants Mama's simple rhymes, engaging premise, and bright colors make it ideal for babies, toddlers, and beginning readers.
Is It Any Good?
BABY WANTS MAMA is a simple, fun slice-of-life depiction of a busy family winding down at the end of the day to prep for dinner. Everyone's doing his or her own thing, but they're all hungry. Each page offers fun rhymes accompanied by charming watercolor-and-pencil drawings about how pets must be occupied, babies entertained, grandmothers intellectually stimulated, and fathers fed -- and how, at the end, they all come together for a nourishing meal.
Parents can appreciate the universal appeal of a family balancing individual and collective needs at day's end. The book's simple, singsong structure makes it terrific for babies but also toddlers and beginning readers in search of simple sentence structure.
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