Utterly Lovely One
By Mary Murphy
Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763652678, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
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Tender, playful, and full of joy, this ode from mother to child makes an utterly lovely baby gift and will resonate with readers big and small.
Oh, my Yummy One, my Utterly Lovely One!
Look at you, so gorgeous!
So opens a glorious praise song from a parent crane to her little cranelet — drawing many other species into the circle of love as she sings. Warm, funny, and full of energy and affection, this is another gem from Mary Murphy, whose springlike palette is well suited to the story's celebratory air.
The springtime feeling of UTTERLY LOVELY ONE comes from Mary Murphy's combination of comical animals, deliciously Easter-eggy colors and endearingly affirmative writing. This confection...positively demands that you cuddle the small child to whom you are reading it.
—Wall Street Journal
Infused with warmth and affection, much like the sound of a mother's voice. A nice choice to share at bedtime or cuddled close, this provides a good introduction to animal babies for the youngest children, who will recognize the differing fledglings as being not unlike themselves.