A Board Book Every Week: No. 21
The Big Book of Beautiful Babies Board Book by David Ellwand
(Ragged Bears Publishing 1999)
This was a second-hand find which hits the spot in several ways:
- Babies are fascinated by faces and fascinated by other babies. At the back is a big mirror page to see themselves in.
- The black-and-white format might make it attractive to the very young who respond to monochrome images.
Mostly just two words per page and a rhyme, ‘Baby happy…Baby sad’, it’s a simple book of opposites. Messy/neat, quiet/loud, bottom/top and so on, some more meaningful to tinies than others – but that’s always the case with opposites books, I find.
- The photographs are copyrighted 1995 and I feel it comes from a happily less gender-stereotyped era than now. The babies come in all shapes, races and sizes but it’s impossible to tell from clothes and hair what sex they are. No flowery headbands on baldies, no frills or car motifs, and of course no colour to give any clue.
Unlike this little one!