By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Gentle, colorful call to celebrate the small things.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Counting, colors, and word repetition.
Giving love and feeling love is a gentle, intmate bond shared between grandparent and baby, or caregiver and child. Noticing small things and new things in the natural world around us can be thrilling.
Positive Role Models
Narrator cares about and wants to share amazing days with the baby.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Darling Baby, by Maira Kalman, is a gentle message from caregiver to baby and a great read-aloud story about being present in the moment, and noticing and celebrating the small things in everyday life. The bright watercolor images splashed across the pages celebrate family, nature, and connection, and offer places to count ducks, name colors, see animals, and be silly.
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What's the Story?
A celebration of noticing and appreciating small moments and big events, DARLING BABY speaks to a child about slow days centered on shimmering fish, delicious pie, sun and clouds and time outside, and time spent together. Author Maira Kalman based the book on a journal she kept from the early months with her grandchild, and focuses on the gentle moments of connection.
Is It Any Good?
With bright watercolors and imaginative sketches, author engaging story has a lovely message about being fully present with each other, especially with young children. Darling Baby captures the small moments that matter to a child, paying attention to the details of being near the sea with a gentleness that makes this a perfect read-aloud story to snuggle in with at bedtime or when there are shimmering fish to see or geese to count.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the moments in their lives might be similar to those in Darling Baby. What animals do you see outside? What color are they? How do you feel when you see them?
Are there any places you regularly go that make you feel happy and content?
What everyday things do you like to celebrate?
- Author: Maira Kalman
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Ocean Creatures
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: June 1, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: July 7, 2021
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