Lost binkies, wet diapers, and gassy tummies—babies have a rough time of it. Read about one infant’s sorry lot in life in “Baby’s Got the Blues,” by Carol Diggory Shields. The picture book is the newest Baby Buzz Pick chosen by parent educators with the Washington School District.
Each month the group selects a quality hardback book for children birth to 5 years of age. A review of each month’s Baby Buzz Pick appears in the second weekend issue of The Missourian.
The following review was written by area literacy advocate Nancy Nagel.
“Life from a baby’s perspective can be pretty dismal and something to sing the blues about in this unique book that shares a day in the life of a toddler and her family told as lyrics in a blues song: ‘Sometimes being a baby is enough to make you cry. ‘Cause I’m a baby, and I’ve got those baby blues. B-A-B-Y, baby, got the poor little baby blues.’
“But it’s not all that bad for baby at the end of the day as Mom and big sister provide lots of love and affection. ‘Then someone scoops me up with a kitchy-kitchy-koo! B-A-B-Y, baby, Don’t you know we all love you?’
“The book’s illustrations are ink and pencil and assembled digitally. Rich shades of red, green, gold and blue fill in the black pencil and ink outlines. The illustrations support the text and carry out the feelings the young baby experiences. The backgrounds of the page spreads feature musical instruments and pictures of jazz musicians.
“’Baby Sings the Blues’ provides a great starting point for talking with preschool aged children about their development from infancy. You might look at baby pictures and point out how children have grown physically and how much they can now do for themselves. This book also would be beneficial for older siblings of a new baby, too.”
Other parent educator favorites this month are “Taking Care of Mama Rabbit,” by Anita Lobel, “Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish,” by Margarita Engle, “Patti Cake and Her New Doll,” by Patricia Reilly Giff, “Weeds Find a Way,” by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and “Flip Flap Farm,” by Axel Scheffler.