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Book Review: Tinker and Tom and the Star Baby

An amazing artist that claims to have started drawing when he was two years old, David McPhail is a well known and loved illustrator/author.  His water colored illustrations and use of animal characters create his signature style and both are included in this wonderfully imaginative story about a boy, a bear and a star baby from outer space.  Tinker and Tom can’t sleep and while staring out at the stars spot a bright star that falls into the backyard.  When they go to investigate they find a baby star inside of a spaceship.  Tinker and Tom must work together to figure out a way to get Star Baby’s ship running and return the baby to its mother.  I love the idea of a baby star that actually looks and acts like a real baby.  Both the story and sweet illustrations evoke a warm feeling of childhood dreams and believing in the impossible.

Title:  Tinker and Tom and the star baby

Author/Illustrator:  David McPhail

Publisher:  Little Brown and Company

ISBN:  0-316-56349-8

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Book Review: Sign & Singalong: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!

I remember this song as a jump roping song we used to sing and move to in grade school.  Sign & Singalong books are a great way to get your active baby moving and signing simple vocabulary.  Illustrated American Sign Language shows both the children and bears in this book signing words like, “Teddy Bear, sky, and light”.  Research shows that babies can understand and use sign language to communicate before they have the ability to vocalize their wants and needs.  Regardless of whether or not you are teaching your baby to sign they will love to listen to this familiar rhyme and move along with the story.

Title:  Sign & singalong:  Teddy bear, teddy bear!

Author/Illustrator:  Annie Kubler

Publisher:  Child’s Play

ISBN:  978-1-904550-40-2

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Animals, Board Books

 

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