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Go back to bed, baby please, baby, please. Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please! Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, preset a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby! Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to cGo back to bed, baby please, baby, please. Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please! Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, preset a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby! Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib....

Title : Please, Baby, Please
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ISBN : 9780689834578
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Please, Baby, Please Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-21 17:15

    Please, readers, please! Choose this book if you are a fan of Kadir Nelson's work. And if you haven't ever encountered his work, please begin. The illustrations are so wonderful! I just love the baby's expression on the front cover. This is one beautiful, spirited baby! The text is just fine, I really enjoyed the variations on the "please, baby" refrain and felt exhausted just reading about the baby's antics as each hour in the day passes. Whew! But the illustrations are the star. One thing I would have liked better is if the father had been included in the story more. It seems like the mother is the one doing everything with the baby during the day (baby wakes her up in the morning, and she puts baby to bed at night) but then Daddy is seen sitting in bed with the mom later on. He just kind of appeared out of the blue. Spoiler:I wish the baby had wanted a kiss from both mommy AND daddy, at the end. It was sad seeing the dad yet the baby only asked Mama for a kiss. Since the book is a collaboration by a husband-wife/father-mother team, I expected more there. (And, yes, it's *that* Spike Lee.)

  • Mushi
    2019-04-06 13:50

    This book, now in its third month in pre-bedtime reading, still manages to entertain.

  • Alexis Finnell
    2019-04-13 18:14

    Read and discussed this in class. Loved it. Thought the baby resembled my nephew (around 1 at the time), so I bought it and brought it home at the end of the semester. He loved it and made sure someone read it to him multiple times before he went to bed. African American Children’s Lit is important!!

  • Bianca Orellana
    2019-04-18 18:04

    A super cute story made even cuter by the illustrations! My son loved the repetition of "baby baby baby" (because he knows, at this point, that he's a baby, too). A very sweet book.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-26 16:50

    This reminded me a lot of No David. And I've had plenty of parents tell me how much they hate that book, so I feel like people who hate No, David! might also dislike this one. I, however, like the idea of behind books like this--that even though toddlers hear a lot of "no's" throughout the day, there parents still love them. I do wish that the toddler had called to both Mommy and Daddy in the end (it's really a bummer when daddies get left out of picture books all the time--whenever I try to read one in story time about Mommy kisses or whatever, there's inevitably a Dad there--can't we just be more inclusive and acknowledge that both Mommies and Daddies are important?).Overall, I thought this was made by Kadir Nelson's (as always) fantastic illustrations. The toddler in here is so well done--working with children I see the mischievous look he captures so well all the time.

  • Julie
    2019-03-27 18:58

    Enjoyable story with good rhythm. Works well with a group. Everyone seems to like the diaper in the toy box page. Reading one-on-one, you can see the clock on each page showing when things happen in Baby's day.

  • N.D.
    2019-04-20 11:56

    I purchased this children's book years ago for my daughter. And it was absolutely wonderful - beautifully drawn and humorously written. A great family read.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-21 12:12

    My 20 month old son selected this book by himself in the library. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what is was going to be about just by looking at the wry smile on the little girl's face on the cover - a cheeky little toddler just like him! We've read it a couple times in the last few nights and we both LOVE IT! First off, the illustrations are very very detailed, beautiful and hilarious. It was shocking how closely the events of this little girl's day match our own! The text is pretty simple, consisting of constant but gentle requests for cooperation, "Please, baby, please!" from the mother that are willfully and adorably disobeyed. The girl's day begins with waking up her poor exhausted mother to play: "Please, baby, please, go back to bed!" A tiny clock in the background tells us that it is 3:01 AM but the toddler is excitedly bouncing on her mother's tummy. There are several books on the couch, a teddy bear, a blanket, a bottle, these all suggest that the girl has been up for a while and the mother has been trying everything to lull her to sleep. By 7:45AM she's dumping cheerios all over her head, and drawing on the wall a few hours later. The mother takes her to the park at noon where she asks "Now hold my hand, please baby please!" but she refuses. When it comes time to leave the mother tries several times to take her home but she has a tantrum. At home she refuses to eat her veggies, sticks her tongue out, makes a mess in her bath, and throws her dirty diaper in her toy box. She is finally tucked in for bed at 7:50 PM, only to come in to her parents' room at exactly 10:00 PM while they're finally spending some alone time. The final scene of the the book has the little girl asking: "Kiss me good night? Mama, Mama, Mama, Please?". The mother tucks her in and gives her a very loving kiss making the girl smile with calmness whereas all her other facial expressions throughout the day had been fresh or sassy. I thought that reversal was so sweet, after a whole day of raising hell, testing limits and pushing her mother away, we see that she still very much needs and loves her mama dearly at the end of the day! I loved this book so much cause my son does the same thing! I'm amazed at how perfectly the illustrator captured key moments of that unique toddler sass we all know and love: like how her body goes limp at the height of a tantrum at the park, or the extreme joy at making a huge mess in the bathtub, the defiant expression when being caught drawing on the wall or throwing her diaper in her toy bin. Every moment between the mother and toddler is exactly what my day is like with my 20 months old son right now, I LOVE IT!My son brought this book out to his father to read last night, who immediately noticed one of the author's names on the cover: Spike Lee, which until now I hadn't noticed myself. We are not fans of some of Spike Lee's films or his political stance. So my boyfriend was a little uneasy about the book and assumed the book was going to contain an activist agenda. I reassured him not to judge it by its cover (!) Yes we're white, the characters are black,....doesn't matter! My boyfriend's father unfortunately was prejudice, although he himself is not. I was raised to be blind to skin color and we are raising our son the same. This was a perfect book for that because nothing about it is exclusive to African American culture. It's just a book about a mother and her rambunctious toddler. Once he opened the book, my boyfriend turned around and said "Wow! These pictures are very detailed huh?" So I walked away to let them read alone and to my relief I heard them both giggling ALOT. Later he asked if I picked out this book, he knows I spend a lot of time looking for good books (again because it by was Spike Lee). So I told him our son did, he knows I encourage my son to pick books and always check out whatever he chooses. He congratulated him saying: "Great find little man this book is so funny!" It just goes to show that every parent and child share similar experiences no matter what their skin color (or political leanings)! Everything about this story had me saying "Oh my Gosh, that's just like you!" I never want him to think of his books like this: "that book about the little black girl", instead he should think of it as "that book with a kid who's just like me"! In general I always try to select books for my son that feature a wide range of characters and situations so that he has a realistic depiction of the huge world we all live in. Obviously I'm doing something right because he is selecting diverse books on his own! :-) With that said, whenever I write reviews, I always visit the book's page on Amazon and Goodreads and while doing that I happened to read a few reviews for this book, most of them were very positive. I was curious about what people would say about race, however what was MORE shocking was what people had to say about the parenting depicted in this book! I couldn't help but reference them here!Most of negative reviews complained that the text speaks negatively and disparagingly to the little girl saying "don't do this, nor that". One reviewer wrote that every interaction is either the mother saying "No don't!" or giving a command with no free choice involved. It is evident from their opinions that these reviews are coming from 'positive parents'. (That is those who believe words like 'no', 'not' and 'don't' should be banned from being used toward children.) I am respectful of many different parenting styles, however not everyone is a follower of that mentality and it is unfair to judge books on whether they subscribe to it or not, since books are often written for a wide audience. Not only that but the extent of the perceived 'negativity' they claim for this particular book has been greatly exaggerated or misinterpreted! Its to the point of one reviewer criticizing the mother for trying to hurry the girl along to leave the park when she stops to pick a flower, or asking her not to have fun in the bath. All of these comments are distorted interpretations that totally missed the point of the book. First off, a close reading of the book shows that the trip to the park lasted close to 4 hours. I noticed this detail RIGHT AWAY. (There is a tiny analog clock given in every illustration.) So, if after 4 hours of trying to coax your child to leave a park, I think the mother has a right to hurry her home to eat dinner. Secondly, one must consider the illustrations! Clearly the child is having so much fun in the bath that the water and soap is everywhere! Also the mother may be asking her to refrain from misbehavior however she is NEVER forcing the girl to do anything, and never punishes her. She always maintains a respectful distance and allows the girl to act on her own free will. There are only two scenes where she touches her at all: while she is having a falling-down-tantrum at the park, and at the end where she snuggles her and kisses her goodnight. Thirdly, the 'negativity' claimed is not even actually prominent. I went back through the book to see how many "negative" words are actually used: 'Dont' 'Not' and 'No' are all only used one time! The mother says 'please', ALOT! All of the requests for cooperation are actually pretty gentle. Finally, the claim that the book contains all commands instead of choices, is a claim that is ignoring the careful and strict poetic structure of the story which necessitates a command structure in order to maintain the poetic rhythm: Every 2 pages rhyme with each other, AND ALMOST ALL 14 SCENES contain exactly 8 words, only 2 contain 7. When you look at it like that the negativity is probably unintentional.Still other reviews take the opposite critical extreme claiming the parenting depicted is too permissive. This reviewer wrote that she is "a naughty little girl who is never taught to be nice". I think they ignored the part where she asks the child to share, and asks her to stop teasing. Aside from forcing the child to do so, how do you MAKE them be nice? Yes, setting an example would be the right way, but the book's scope was to show that the little girl is adorably defiant. I feel bad that some people don't have an imagination that permits them to assume from the illustrations and the time the mother spends with the child that she is a good parent. Adding pages to show how she corrects the behavior is unnecessary and would make the book really long. Another reviewer asks "the clock on the VCR is reading 3:00 AM; why is the child still up and the t.v. on at that hour??" I want to invite this reviewer to my house for the night! Obviously this child, like mine, is energetic and not tired - sleeping and staying in one's own bed is a very common toddler issue which we face in this household every night! Clearly this person missed several clues that show the mother is desperately trying several things to get the child to sleep as I mentioned above: there are several books on the couch, a teddy bear, a blanket, a bottle...not to mention the large text which says "Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please." (Emphasis my own). If they were paying attention to the details, we see the mother putting the child to bed at a decent 7:45PM on another page, which is earlier than my own 20-month old's bedtime!Still other reviewers like this one also acted like this was a bad parent, that treated the little girl like a "nuisance" all day and that the little girl lives a sad reality. This reviewer missed the entire point of the book. Anyone with a toddler as energetic, independent and intelligent as this child seems to be knows that you spend most of the day begging them to cooperate and that its exasperating! I don't think the girl is seen as a nuisance, the mother is never pushy! Not only that but again, the details in the illustrations give tons of evidence that the mother is actually a really good mother. In the very first scene, we see that she has been reading her books and doing different things at 3AM despite being exhausted. She takes the child on a play date, takes her to the park, plays with her constantly, and gives her daughter a very loving kiss and tuck-in to bed. The girl seems to live a very comfortable and happy life: nearly every scene depicts their home as being full of toys and children's books more than I myself own and I consider myself to be very very dedicated to my son! I also already mentioned that the mother spent 4 hours with her in the park - that's more than I have ever spent anywhere with my son. Finally, if we look at the clocks on every page we see that the mother obviously has tried to impose a decent routine with her child. She is very clearly a SAHM whose entire day is pretty much devoted to the little girl. The schedule presented leaves very little room for her to be 'ignoring' the girl and doing other things for herself. And at 10PM when the girl gets out of bed again and asks the mother for a good night kiss, we can tell from their affections that there is a strong bond between them. I have to disagree entirely. I think this mother is actually a very exemplary parent who is very dedicated to the child, in the end it is the girl who is saying "please" which I think kind of proves that the mother DID indeed set a positive example for her daughter.Finally, many of reviewers who gave this book poor ratings complained that the book encourages bad behavior because like this reviewer who complains her son believes the little girl's acting out is acceptable and tries to mimic it. Another reviewer wrote that her 2 Year Old began pouring cereal on her head BECAUSE of this book. I really have to laugh at all of these reviewers. My son is 20 months old, younger than both of these kids and fully understands that this books is supposed to be funny, he knows the little girl is misbehaving because that's the way I read it to him. This is just like people blaming McDonald's for making their children fat, or rap music for making them violent - its ridiculous! First of all, ALL toddlers engage in willful and defiant behavior. What baby doesn't give sand a try, or throw their food - I mean come on seriously? I highly doubt a child learned these behaviors from a book, they just happened to be erroneously tied to them book, a book which they claim to have read the child one or two times. Secondly, isn't it ALWAYS the parents' job to explain books AND to teach them right from wrong? I mean, the main feature of toddlerhood is defiance, isn't it?! Often toddlers clearly know whats acceptable and what's not and do it anyway to see what happens. MY son KNOWS spitting his tongue at me is wrong yet he still does it to gain a reaction, and seeing the little girl in the book do it is funny to him he knows that it's inappropriate. If these people really blame this book for their child doing what children naturally do, then I'd say these people are probably crappier parents than the fictitious mother in this book whom they are attacking! Overall this book is darn awesome and hilarious. The whole message of this book is that this child is very defiant and is a handful for the mother, yet they love each other! I want to tell these SANCTI-MOM-IOUS people to re-read it and this time with a freaking sense of humor and attention to details! There is a reason the illustrations are so vivid...its because they reveal clues that either elaborate or defy the text, which is the whole point of picture books in the first place!

  • Carly Bonner
    2019-04-12 20:06

    An accurate depiction of what a day in the life is like caring for a baby. I am not a mother myself, but I babysit A LOT. Most often, I am with a two year old for the majority of the day. It was so funny how I saw so much of him in this little girl! I feel like I am always using the phrase, "Baby, please." with him in order to get him to do something-or not do something-for me. The illustrations were just incredible. So much emotion is shown on the child's face and it allows the reader to understand exactly how she is feeling without her saying a word. I loved the detail of the time shown on every page. This time aspect invited the reader into the mom and child's day-to-day life, which is something that was so enjoyable to be a part of. This book paints a beautiful picture of what parenting is, in terms of grace and sacrifice. The whole book the mother is asking the baby to "Please do this," or "Please don't do this," while the baby just does as she pleases without caring what the mother is asking for. At the end the baby requests for the mother to come kiss her goodnight and without hesitation the mother gets out of bed to come to her. Very heartwarming when I think of all the times my parents have chosen to love me regardless of how often I obeyed them. My only gripe with this book is the fact that the dad is very uninvolved. To me, it was a sad portrayal of how the wives are supposed to be the caretakers, while the husbands are out and generally uninvolved in the child's life. I would have liked to have seen more partnership is taking care of the child and for the child to desire the father to kiss her too.

  • Mary
    2019-04-15 13:10

    A gift book for new parents of a daughter, or siblings of a baby sister. This is a humorous look a the mischief and messes made by babies. Repeated words make this appealing for early readers also. Discussion possibility: Is "please" really the best way to get baby to learn appropriate behavior?

  • Selena
    2019-04-10 13:07

    2002, Multi-cultural. Please, baby, please goes through the daily life of this baby and all they're learning to do as they grow. Very adorable, and illustrated very well. Good read for a student with younger siblings or a good read-aloud.

  • Donna Mork
    2019-04-07 17:49

    Cute book about all the trouble a little one can get into, from not wanting to share, to eating things they shouldn't, to trying to wear things they should eat, etc. But at the end of the day, all baby wants is love.

  • Shira
    2019-04-19 17:17

    In the same vein as The Boss Baby, Go the Fuck to Sleep and Must Push Buttons, this is a book that is true to life. If you want to know what it's like to have a toddler, read this book!

  • Shauna
    2019-04-12 19:05

    Fun board book with clocks on each page that coordinate with the baby's activities. Sweet ending. This is a good book for my little brown grandson.

  • Jocelyn F. Young
    2019-04-09 16:51

    My little darlings absolutely love this book! It has become a genuine staple in our home and read repeatedly.😊

  • Ashley Frickson
    2019-04-10 14:09

    This book is about some of the surprises that come along with raising children. Fun book for children and parents!

  • Mikhaela
    2019-04-02 13:09

    My toddler's favorite book. Used to be his sister's favorite, too.

  • Pamela Powell
    2019-04-19 14:13

    Beautifully illustrated day in the life of a very active baby.

  • Kelly Grimes
    2019-04-16 12:03

    1. Personal reaction- I really enjoyed this book because it is a very simple and direct beginning to read book. I really enjoyed the book especially because of the illustrations. The illustrations cover the pages, taking me through the adventures of the baby. I also enjoyed this book because the vocabulary throughout the book is so simple that it lets the readers know right from the beginning some of the little troubles babies get into everyday, including drawing all over the place, being messy with food, and difficulty of sharing with others. Reading this book made me think back to when I would babysit for families with newborn children. I was constantly exposed to young children and by reading this story made me think back to the long days and nights I got to spend with babies. 2. purpose-This is a great book to read during a child development unit. When discussing family relationships in the classroom, this would be a great read aloud to address the multiple age groups within a family. This book can be read to discuss some of the events that can occur within a family when a baby is present. In a child development unit, this can be read before discussing the physical, emotional, and mental growth of babies. This a great book for younger children at the preschool and kindergarten level. The vocabulary used throughout the book is very repetitive and simple, “you share that ball, please baby, baby, baby.” The phrase “please baby, baby, baby” is used on every page after discussing the trouble babies get into, but to keep the students engaged, the author changes up the phrase including “ baby, baby, baby, please” and “baby, baby, please, baby.” Using this repetitive phrase is a great way to keep children involved with the story, allowing a way to get children to participate when reading the story. Children will enjoy this book especially if they have younger brother or sisters, or even a cousin or just a baby they might have interacted with at a park, store, mall, etc.A literary element to be taught when reading this story is setting. As the story progresses, the location of the baby and where the baby gets into trouble is constantly changing because of the setting and environment. Students will learn why a baby might get into trouble in specific settings and environments, including the kitchen, bathroom, park, and bedroom. Students will learn the major concept that each setting is different and many things happen because of the specific location. 3.The illustrations used throughout the story are what caused me to want to keep on reading the story. By just being told through text what kind of trouble the baby was getting into at times got boring. But the illustrations used from page to page provided a bright visual to exactly see where the baby is and the trouble the baby is getting into. The illustrations also provided the readers to see the reaction of the baby when getting into trouble. The illustrations also aid to the key literary element of setting. The clear illustrations create various settings that change on every page and are filled will the smallest detail to create a lifelike setting.

  • Robin Rockman
    2019-04-21 16:07

    I love, love, love the pictures. The illustrations are so spot on and adorable.

  • Don Tucker
    2019-04-26 12:06

    Please, baby, please is a book that anyone who has young children or taken care of them can relate too. In the book Spike and Tonya Lee write about the various daily frustrations that parents or caretakers continually run into when dealing with small children, from the messes they make to the tantrums they throw. But in the end all that turmoil and frustration is forgotten as you kiss them goodnight. But it is not the words of the Lee’s, but the illustrations of Kadir Nelson that bring this book to life. This is because the words amount to only one sentence per two pages briefly describing the incident taking place. In order for the reader to fully grasp the growing frustrations of the parent they need Nelson’s oil painting illustrations. They are clearly done by a man who has children of his own.I would use both He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands and Please, baby, please as part of my children’s book unit to show my students the importance of illustrations in conveying the author’s message or ideas. The goal would be to have students understand that in children’s books the illustrations are just as, if not more in some cases, important as the written text. I would start the lesson by having the students get into groups and play Pictionary with them. After I was done I would lead a class discussion on why we just played this game. Hopefully I would lead them to the conclusion that it shows that ideas and stories can be told through pictures as well as word. Then I would use both these books as introductions to this idea. After I was done reading the stories and discussing them with the class I would have the students get in groups and look at a series of children’s books. As they went through these books they would be asked to do determine if the illustrations simply compliment the writing, are equal to the writing, or enhance the writing. They will have to explain the reasons for their opinions. Then the students will present their findings to the class.

  • Shel
    2019-04-09 18:02

    Lee, S., & Lee, T.L. (2002). Please, Baby, Please. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.0689832338As with No David and Love You When You Whine, Please, Baby, Please shares a parents' frustration of trying to get a child to behave. As can be discerned by the title, Please, Baby, Please is a rather polite version of asking a child to eat their veggies, go to sleep, not draw on the wall, etc. set within a one-day period. This book does include the child's voice as well at the end, in a shift away from those other books' approachesIt is worth noting that Kadir Nelson's illustrations feature an (ADORABLE!) toddler, in a much more positive light than David Shannon's caricatures of himself in No David or the vaguely disturbing bunnies in Love You When You Whine. It also seems very intentional that this is a positive representation of an African American middle class family.It is worth noting that the "Lee, S." at the top of this post, is famous director Spike Lee.Activities to Do with the Book:Not only can this book be used to help a young child learn to say "please," it can also reinforce the rules of proper conduct in various potentially messy situations.Also, each page includes a clock telling the time that the child is interacting with her parents (in one case, the clock is digital, but most are analogue). Although there are also setting cues of the approximate time, this book can be used to introduce children to the way time passes and how to tell time.While the words "please" and "baby" are repeated on every page, they are not always in the same order. This book may be used to help with early literacy since a teacher or parent could help the child distinguish between the two words.Favorite Quotes:“Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please.""Don't eat the sand, baby baby baby, please."

  • Kris Brown
    2019-04-18 14:47

    Please, Baby, Please is a children’s picturebook written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. Kadir Nelson is the illustrator. This board book is intended to be read by the Nursery age group. No awards were issued. I rated this book as a five.Please, Baby, Please is about an African American toddler, who keeps her mother busy throughout the day. The plot is simple and focuses on the two characters, the toddler and the mother. The setting moves around throughout the day as the toddler goes from breakfast, playground, dinner, bathtime, and then finally, bedtime. The language is very simple and uses rhyming words over and over again in order to entice a toddler to follow along. This board book has full bleed colored illustrations that cross the gutter. The illustrations were done in oils. The simple words and the detailed illustrations compliment each other. The black text is large. Before each text, there is a small clock drawing in order to follow the time of day the events take place.Overall, Please, Baby, Please is about a mother’s love for her child and how she teaches her child the art of growing up. Even though the book focuses on an African American child, Please, Baby, Please can be shared with all nationalities as the general theme is experienced by all toddlers. This board book is easy to carry around in small hands. The catchy rhyming words will have your toddler reading this book every day.

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-05 12:04

    Genre: PB5I think this is a brilliant story!!! The story is so real that I can feel the moms frustrated "please" coming out of her mouth!! I enjoyed the great illustrations that went along with the story and helped bring the story to life. Each page of the story has a clock on it with the time of day shown and I feel that is a great way to put into perspective the moments in the life of a parent and a child. I relate well to the clock on each page; as a parent we are always looking for more time and this story showed it in a fun and clever way. The repetition and pattern used throughout the story will hook children of all ages, while the illustrations help the story jump right off the page. This is a story that is meant to be read again and again with a message that even young children can learn. The love between a parent and child is special even in the not so great situations and when you follow along with the story you see how important family is. Children can learn word patterns as well as see great illustrations while reading along with this book and enjoy the comical aspect of each page as the story goes along to its end.Three words that describe this book: Unique, cute, heartwarming

  • Julie
    2019-04-19 14:50

    In "Please, Baby, Please", we find a rambunctious baby engaging in the everyday mischief of a growing child. From the head full of Cheerios to the mouthful of sand to the baby’s insistence on making a used diaper part of the toy collection, the book does a great job of showing the curiosity and exploration of a child in their daily activities. The details in the illustrations vividly reflect the range of emotions and mischief that is being conveyed by the parent’s tired narrative voice. However, the title of the book which at first impression seems likely to be a reoccurring phrase ends up being modified and rearranged inconsistently through out the story. Considering that the intended audience are preschoolers though kindergartens, the story would benefit greatly from a reoccurring phrase such as “Please, Baby, Please” as this would allow the child to anticipate the phrase and eagerly chant along. Overall, this is a great story with great illustrations for young children.

  • Cara Byrne
    2019-03-28 17:02

    As the title suggests, the authors love repeating the words "please" and "baby" (in different order and in different amounts) on each page - which captivated Lu's attention and made her excited to read more. For me, the text wasn't as imaginative with its sometimes seemingly forced rhyme scheme (for instance "Keep off the wall, baby baby, please, baby/You share that ball, please, baby baby baby."). Another celebrity-composed picture book that lacks the depth of other works for kids. And, although I'm a huge fan of Nelson's artwork, the illustrations in this book are not my favorite. I love the expressiveness of the baby's body and movement of his/her curly hair, but his/her face is drawn so strange at times - whereas the mother and father are illustrated with a beauty and gentleness that I look forward to seeing in Nelson's work. He did a nice job capturing the movement and personality of a little one, but the baby's face is just off for me.

  • Hend Alalwani
    2019-04-26 18:01

    Age Rang:1-2Personal reaction:-There are some parts I like in this book, but mostly I do not like it. I do not like it because it shows that the mother do all the work alone with out the father. Also, I do not like how in the end the child just asked for a kiss from the mother and not the father. Also, the language is simple and the children do not gain new vocabulary.On the other hand, I like about this book that the author used the words “baby and please” in different orders in the story. Also, I like the child facial expression when he sad and happy.Purpose:-Read aloud for one to two-year-old children.-Children would be able to learn using the word” please” when they ask for something.Curriculum:-Read aloud for children.-Discuss the importance of using the “please” word, and how their mother work hard to make them happy and they should follow their mother’s orders.

  • Kimberlee Gutterman
    2019-04-16 15:58

    This book was very repetitive with the words "please" and "baby" however there is no distinct pattern that can be predicted from page to page. This book reminds me a lot of another book called "No, David" because of the way the text is repetitively structured about the child. Reading one-on-one, you can see the clock on each page showing the children when things happen in Baby's day. This can open up discussion about whether or not the baby's behavior is good or bad throughout the story plot. I did not think the text wasn't as imaginative with the rhyming sometimes because there was s seemingly forced rhyme scheme (for instance "Keep off the wall, baby baby, please, baby/You share that ball, please, baby baby baby.").

  • Ruby
    2019-04-19 14:51

    This is a great book for 1 or 2 year olds because of the repetition. As an educator, you can ask children why the mommy does not want baby to do the things she does. It might help them to understand the right choices that they should make. This book is also brief enough to keep young children interested for a short amount of time.Extension activity: I could make a chart. One side will title yes, the other side is no. I would have pictures that would be bad choices and good choices. I can ask the children "is this a good choice or a bad choice?" It would be great to include pictures from the book and pictures of bad or good choices that children would make in the classroom so that it could be a great reflection tool for whenever they make bad choices.

  • KidsLit Book Club
    2019-04-06 18:57

    The illustrations are fantastic, and the pages are true to life - a mischievous little toddler doing all those things toddlers like to do. BUT... the story - every page - is the adults telling the toddler various forms of "no." The mom puts the baby to bed, then the baby comes to the parents' room and asks for a kiss. So sad. :( I am teaching a class on board books to preschool teachers tomorrow, and this is going to be featured in that presentation as a bad example, which is sad, because there are so few books showing Black children/families as main characters. This one and "Lottie Paris Lives Here", because she twice gets sent to the naughty chair.