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This Is Baby

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Lively lesson in naming body parts -- human and animal.

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Educational Value

A lively rundown of human and animal body parts. Introduces babies and toddlers to spunky, simple rhyming text. Kids can identify the various animals and ocean creatures int he book. 

Positive Messages

Implied message that it's fun to learn things about your body, and fun to play with animals. Arms are made for hugging. "But the biggest part of BABY is the LOVE you get from ME."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The babies represented are in various skin tones. The babies and the animals play together nicely. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that This Is Baby is The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon's third baby-themed picture book in a similar format and done with the same illustrator, Miguel Ordonez, as the first two: Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA and Everything Is Mama. This one can help parents teach their tiny ones the names of body parts -- eyes, lips, arms, legs, etc. They can also learn ot identify their animal playmates and their parts. It's a lively, cheerful array of divere, happy, fun-loving babies and critters.

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What's the story?

This cute book begins with statement: "THIS IS BABY." Then soon there's a question: "What are the parts of BABY?" Then an unseen narrator (presumably a parent or caregiver) says, "Well, I'll tell you EVERYTHING." What follows is a rundown of a number of key parts i pages that feature a diverse group of babies, one or two per page, who point to their eyes, nose, fingers, legs, etc. with the help pf animal playmates. "This is your HEAD," says a bird sitting on a baby's bald noggin. "This is your HAIR," says a lion with a big mane on the facing page. And so on, until the bang-up warmhearted  ending: "There are so many parts of BABY. These are just the things we see. But the biggest part of BABY is the LOVE you get from ME."

Is it any good?

This simple, rhyming lesson in naming body parts is made more fun and engaging by pairing each baby with an animal. This Is Baby drives the point home when, for example, a rhino's big horn faces baby's' nose, or an octopus is giving baby a super-hug with its many arms. The combo of images may make the words easier for tots to remember. And silly moments -- like tuning the baby over to spotlight his bottom -- keep things light. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals paired with the babies on each spread of This Is Baby. Why is a baby girl looking at a fish on the page about lips? 

  • What part of your body is where your hat goes?

  • Why is an octopus on the page about arms? Would you like to be hugged by an octopus?

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