Bright Brown Baby

Orchard. Oct. 2021. 64p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545872294.
Baby-Toddler–With brown babies and their twinkling eyes burrowed into blankets, nesting amid the love that infuses each page, this book will have most lapsitters feeling as if they are right there, nesting, too. In this treasury of five poems that will be released as five separate board books (the first, Count to Love, is already out), the text is lilting and perfect, “Brown baby, born bright./ Greet the world. Spread your light./ Sparkling eyes blink hello./ Bright brown baby, you will GO!” In happy domestic scenes, there are parents, also brown, connecting with their children; babies will want to lean in for the cadence of the language and bright colors, while toddlers will want to repeat the lines out loud with whomever is sharing this book. The universality of the big and small world of the baby—everything is so new, but the sensation of being coddled is soothingly familiar—makes this a book for all families to share and savor.
VERDICT For every collection, this treasury invites snuggling.

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