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What Will We Do with the Baby-O?by Theo Heras
Synopses & Reviews
They say that music has the power to soothe the savage beast, but what about a baby? This collection of rhymes and songs offers pieces ranging from the traditional “Trot Trot to Boston” to Woody Guthries “Jig Along Home.” Theo Heras, well-known childrens librarian and talented performer, shares ten favorite songs and rhymes and suggests how they can be used by parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers.
Vibrant illustrations by Jennifer Herbert narrate a day in the life of a baby and his quirky family. Young ones will enjoy spending time with them as they sing, clap, and bounce the day away.
"Heras, a children's librarian, assembles a highly idiosyncratic song collection: among the 10 ditties she's thrown together are the bumptious 'Jig Along Home, ' the mordant 'The Riddle Song' ('I gave my love a cherry that had no stone...') and the odd 'Ally Bally Bee' (a song that may be better known in Canada, home of both author and illustrator). Herbert, working in a style that may be best described as 1930s Fleischer Studio animation meets 1960s retro, tries to tie this hodgepodge together with a visual narrative arc; she follows one inexhaustible and endearingly bald toddler boy (the title's Baby-O), his two overcompensating, very girly sisters, and their harried parents from morning 'til night. The tactic never overcomes the collection's stitched-together feel, but if readers take the spreads on an individual basis, the illustrations' bright bounciness is undeniably spunky. And Herbert nails how a youngest child's oblivious irrepressibility can both energize family life and make everyone yearn for bedtime. Ages 2-5." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Theo Heras has worked in libraries for over thirty years. She is now in the job she loves the best, the Childrens Literature Resource Collection Specialist at the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library. She is active in the childrens literature community as a book reviewer, childrens librarian, mother, grandmother, and singer. Her book reviews have appeared in School Library Journal, Quill & Quire, Resource Links, Childrens Book News, and Books in Canada. Her articles have appeared in Horn Book and CCL (Canadian Childrens Literature). She loves bringing children and books together.
Jennifer Herbert is noted for her keen sense of color and design. Her talent has been sought after by industries such as advertising, publishing, film, and fine art. Her lyrical paintings created for publications throughout North America are exhibited in various art galleries. Born in Bennington, Vermont, Jennifer now works out of Toronto.
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