Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Nancy Paulsen Books, Hardcover, 9780399166051, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sound of poetry, and beloved illustrator Tomie dePaola's engaging children are the perfect match for Lin Oliver's lighthearted poems. Together they ve created a book to be treasured that captures the magic and fun of being new in the world.
Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book "Strega Nona" as well as "Andy, That s My Name";" Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup"; and "Charlie Needs a Cloak". A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.
* “Everything about this book is child friendly, beginning with its wrap construction, the covers hugging the inside contents. . . . Highly readable poems about almost every familiar aspect of a young child’s life. . . . The words work in perfect tandem with dePaola’s happy art. . . . Framed to highlight chubby babies and toddlers of all ethnic backgrounds at the center of their world, being active and being loved.”
-Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
* “In his distinctively serene illustrations, dePaola portrays children with rounded faces and smiling eyes as they navigate their environments and engage in familiar activities. . . . An ethnically diverse cast of children and the ubiquity of delights that range from beloved pets to a father’s scratchy beard give this warmhearted collection broad appeal.”
-Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
* “Oliver pens a set of poems tailor-made for tiny ears and minds. . . . Spun with whimsy. . . . The poems compel gentle caresses and interaction between adult and child. Varied rhythm and rhyme schemes enrich a baby’s exploration of sound at the time when his or her developing mind needs it most. DePaola’s round-faced babes . . . wrap readers in warmth, while the square frames and initial letters mimic childhood blocks, bringing a touch of comfort and nostalgia to the package. A tenderly crafted collection that captures the joyous individual moments of infant discoveries.”
-Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Tongue-in-cheek humor. . . . Rhythmic verses address subjects of interest to preschoolers from nose to toes and are perfect for reading aloud. . . . Occasional wordplay reminiscent of classic tongue twisters peppers the text. . . . Adults will recognize universal childhood experiences. . . . A multiethnic cast of charming, cheerful children.”
-School Library Journal