Reviews for Wee Rhymes : Baby's First Poetry Book

Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
Two well-known names combine their considerable talents for this book of baby's first poems. There are a few well-known chestnuts here, "Rock-a-bye Baby" and "Mulberry Bush," for example, but most are Yolen's own creations. The audience she has in mind is the very youngest, for whom language is new, and these short poems are great for the age group. Not only do they roll off the tongue, but they are mostly eight lines long, so no one is getting bored--neither the speaker nor the listener. Built around a child's everyday activities, the rhymes tend to the practical ("Here comes the engine. / Open wide. / The train choo-chews / The food inside"); "Street Rules" explains what to do when the traffic light turns red or green. Dyer's signature soft-edged watercolors give the events a happy glow. Children of every ethnicity will see themselves in the art, and Dyer includes images of the items that make up their day: dolls, toothbrushes, teddy bears, and wheelies of all kinds. A charming addition to shelves for preschoolers. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
A celebration of babies written for very young children, this volume has seventy-five short nursery-rhyme poems, mostly Yolen's originals with a few from Mother Goose. Many of the original rhymes are bouncy and silly, but too many lack the energy and "singsong, sing-along rhythm" described in the introduction. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations of a multiethnic cast of joyful-looking babies and toddlers will hold tots' attention. Ind.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 March #2

"We both believe that literature begins in the cradle," write Yolen and Dyer at the beginning of this collection of 75 brief but vivid poems. Most are originals from Yolen (10 poems are credited to Mother Goose), and she provides many options for incorporating song and rhyme into a child's day, from mealtime to naptime, from games to errands ("Let's go to the supermarket,/ Ride down every aisle,/ Wave at all the shoppers,/ Make everybody smile"). Beloved toys and objects also get attention, and several poems suggest interactive moments between parent (or grandparent) and child. Tidy borders frame Dyer's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which offer an ethnically diverse array of children and adults. Tenderness and comfort radiate from every page, making the book a lovely addition to any new family's library. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 July

PreS--This collection of 75 short poems spans the course of a baby's or toddler's day. From morning tickles and bounces to meals and playtime to bath and sleep, all of the rituals of the day are celebrated and cherished. Most of the poems are Yolen's own with a smattering of traditional Mother Goose verses mixed in. Many of the rhymes naturally suggest activity or interaction between readers and listeners, including bouncing, clapping, cuddling, and identifying body parts and everyday objects. ("Here we come from Dreamland,/There we go to town./Baby riding on my knee,/Up, up, up-and down"). Art done in pencil and watercolor gently features wonderfully diverse babies and toddlers. The author and illustrator provide a helpful note "from two grandmothers" about using rhymes with babies. This lovely volume will be appreciated by parents and caregivers using lap rhymes for the first time as well as those looking to expand their repertoire.--Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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