Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Hello Baby!

Hi Readers! :) 

This is my third blog post of books that made it into the First Author for Spoonfuls of Stories Contest and was distributed into the boxes  of Cheerios to millions of parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children. They know that reading aloud to kids in their formative years increases their chances of reading in later life, and doing better in school because of it. I am so taken up with this promotion that I am featuring an  author, Ron Rauss, who won that contest in 2010 with his book finally coming out June 2012 called, “Can I Just Take a Nap.” I will also continue featuring Cheerios books on Friday as long as they’re not on Susanna’s list already. For as my readers know I try very hard to only review books that haven’t made the list yet. So grab your donut and coffee and read on. 

Hello Baby! book coverTitle: Hello Baby!

Written by: Mem Fox

Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins

Published by: Simon and Schuster , 2009, Fiction

Themes: Love, Mother Love, Identity, humor, rhyme

First Few Sentences: Hello, Baby! Who are you? Are you a monkey with clever toes? Perhaps you’re a porcupine, twitching his nose. Are you an Eagle, exploring the skies?  Perhaps you’re a gecko with rolling eyes.

Resources: for Mem Fox’s own blog and web site go here: She explains her website for teachers parents and writer’s. There is a section where she tells us how to read a book aloud. And she reads several books aloud on her web site. About Hello Baby she says it is an African book because all the animals are from Africa and she devotes the book to African friends. There is an Australian version, too, now. A guide for children’s books including Mem Fox’s is

Summary of book: There is a series of searching questions asking the identity of the baby when finally the answer is given; that of the baby being a mother’s treasure. Yes, I told the end. I kept thinking of how to explain this book to some one who hadn’t read it and I had to give it away. The rhythm is singsong perfect and will lull a child to sleep.  There just wasn’t any other way to describe the book. It’s a very simple book with just three or four words on a page. The illustrations explain the text better than I could without them showing just the snout or tail of the animal that the mother alludes to.

Why I love it: Maybe I should have done this selection last week closer to Mother’s Day because it is a mother talking to her baby. It is a precious tale with a precious ending. Sweet and universal. And because the book is so universal it speaks to everyone and is perfect for sharing with your preschooler to reassure him/her that she/he is loved. And the humor in it is great because it saves it from being too soapy, too overbearing. The humor makes this story cute. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to bring a message to the table/ (or bed if you’re reading as bedtime book). The illustrations are cut paper which make them seem to be like three D.

For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. And if you’d like to be whisked away through cyber space to the resource page and the list of more marvelous recommended perfect picture books just click on the perfect picture book badge on the right. :)

Weigh in at the comments if you think you’d like this book and why. :)

Random Act of Kindness badgeNow I’d like to change my course in the road. I’d like to join in the Random Act of Kindness BlITZ at . I’d like to   take advantage of their BlITz and show my mentor Barbara Carducci an act of kindness. I’d like to give her a shout out. She was introduced to me by Sue Walls an children’s book author of ‘Backyard Birds of the Piedmont” before she published her books.  Bobbi is the director of the Young Voices    Foundation and has been published several times. Her latest book, “Storee Wryter gets a Dog” is doing very well in the schools and Bobbi is teaching a writing class almost every week.  Please stop by and show Bobbi at  how awesome she is! And then if you know someone special that you’d randomly like to acknowledge, don’t be shy. Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way, Kindness makes the world go round. :)

Bobbi, for my gift I am offering to critique the first three chapters of your next book. I know you’ve been working hard on it. 

For those of you like me are joining late go to the bookshelf muse and grab your gift from them. They are wonderful amplification of their thesauruses on emotion. Click on over, join the Blitz and grab your gift. Don’t forget to link up to the linky link so others can get to know you. 

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Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" celebrating life one hour at a time. Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Am also one author in anthology "The 'I' Word" edited by Kate Gould on Kindle.
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36 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Hello Baby!

  1. Congrats on the cheerios stories Clar. This book by Mem Fox is very cute. I’m being random next Wednesday. Isn’t it a wonderful blogfest.

    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, It is a wonderful blog fest. Congrats on being random. Does this mean you’ll post about it?

      Thanks for visiting and stopping to comment. :)

  2. I so wish Canadian Cheerios had books in them — it’s such a great way to get books to kids! This one sounds lovely. Thanks for adding it to the PPB list.

    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, I can see your frustration. Even my images only had empty Cheerios boxes for view today in Canada. I guess the contest only goes for America and Mexico because they are all translated into Spanish. There are a lot of Hispanics in the States though. :)

  3. Rosi says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading these reviews. Do you know if the contest is no longer running? I can’t find anything about it on the internet. I’d sure like to enter!

  4. Julie says:

    Love, love, LOVE Mem Fox! Great choice. And I hadn’t seen much yet on the Random Acts of Kindness for writers. Will look into it for sure!

  5. Looks like a cute one, Clar – thanks! :)

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  7. What a sweet book! Thanks for the links, too, Clar…and a reminder to pass on the RAOK badge to a worthy friend. I will be doing that soon…

    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Jarm. Be sure and link up to the original RAOK blog post to collect your prize. It’s amazing. An amplification of their thesaurus of emotions, that will really benefit any writer. :)

  8. Wow, Mem Fox AND Steve Jenkins? That’s a pretty stellar picture book team. Thanks for the recommendation, Clar.

  9. Mentors are wonderful people, aren’t they? Awesome choice and have a great ROAK week!

  10. What an endearing book. Always enjoy Mem Fox. He stories are priceless and the message great. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Great book and review, Clar! I wish more big companies would jump on board and distribute books…unfortunately, there are so many children who have NONE and would be thrilled to have one to call their own. :)

  12. This book looks so cute! I like the cover art! It looks really cool! :) The idea is awesome!

  13. A sweet addition to the list! Thank you.

  14. Rosi says:

    I guess I didn’t clarify that the contest I’m trying to find is the Spoonfuls of Stories contest, not the ROAK contest. I can’t find anything about that on the internet. Does anyone know if the Spoonfuls of Stories contest is still running? Thanks.

    • clarbojahn says:

      As far as I know it is. Try and see if it says anything on there about it. I’ll go over now and see. But this is the link Ron Rauss gave me the First Author for Cheerios I wrote about on my post with that name. :)

      • clarbojahn says:

        When I just went over to that web site it said it was closed due to maintenance. I’ll ask Ron Rauss if he knows anything. thanks for the heads up, Rosi. :)

        • Ron Rauss says:

          Hi everyone, I have reached out to my contacts at Cheerios and S&S to find out what is happening with the contest. I will let you know when I hear something.

  15. “The rhythm is singsong perfect…” OK…I’m in! I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the great review, Clar.

  16. pattyabr says:

    Nice book. I will have to consider it for future baby gifts.

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