Where's Baby?
Where's Baby?

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Annotation: In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be?
Catalog Number: #293884
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Tundra Books
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7352-6498-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-9870-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7352-6498-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-9870-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019930343
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Baby Fox plays a one-sided game of hide-and-seek with Papa who, with his cane and not-so-great eyesight, searches high and low for his child. Mama knows where Baby is, safe and sound close by his father, who is looking for him everywhere. This entertaining book for very young children features concepts such as in, out, over, under, up, and down. Artwork in ballpoint pen and colored pencils uses crosshatching and curved lines to show the tale of a concerned parent and his impish offspring. Large-lettered dialogue appears in speech bubbles and consists of Papa calling for his son . . . and another animal answering the call. The drawings are in black and white, while the sky and river are pale blue, and Baby Fox is a light rust color. Youngsters will get a kick out of being able to point out the small fox throughout the story, while his father doesn't realize until they arrive back home that Baby was never far away from him.
Horn Book
Have you seen Baby, Mama Fox?
Publishers Weekly
-Have you seen Baby, Mama Fox?- Thus begins a search (and a sly introduction to prepositions) that leads Papa Fox to search up in a tree, inside a log, over a hill, down a hole, under some water, and around the bend, encountering a number of un-foxlike creatures, some of them more polite than others. ( -I am not your baby. Go away!- answers a grumpy skunk, and an affable ox responds, -I am not your baby. I-m Davy!-) Hunter-s simple but lively pen and colored pencil drawings allow the deadpan humor to ring out-all the characters, save one, are rendered in scratchy black and white atop a delicate blue sky, and the entire dialogue is delivered via hand-lettered speech bubbles. A small orange character hides just out of the searching animal-s sight throughout the spreads until Papa Fox checks an obvious spot at Mama-s behest-attentive readers will spot early on that Mama Fox is in on the game. The dramatic irony paired with Papa-s earnest calls of -Ba-by!- make this a winner for interactive reading, and Baby-s final request, -Can we do that again?- will ensure this fun and gently instructive story is repeated. Ages 3-7. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K Papa Fox is searching for Baby in this simple, unassuming concept book about prepositions. Papa Fox looks up in a tree, inside a log, down a hole, and a plethora of other locations, but only finds other animals who are not his child. Meanwhile, hiding in the illustrations, Baby is clearly visible and follows Papa Fox as he searches. Finally, he returns to Mama Fox, declaring he cannot find Baby, until Mama Fox points out Baby has been hiding behind him all along. Papa Fox and his little one embrace, with Baby hoping they can go searching through the woods to meet different animals again. The artwork, which was rendered in ballpoint pen and colored pencil, is featured on expansive two-page spreads. The colors are muted and soft, adding to the quiet tone of the story. Young readers will enjoy spotting Baby in the illustrations, making this a fun read-aloud during group sharing. Although designed to teach children about prepositions, this element is never obtrusive or detracting to the storytelling. VERDICT A delightful picture book to teach children about prepositions in a subtle, charming way. Recommended. Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
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Starred Review for Publishers Weekly (12/1/19)
ALA Booklist (12/1/19)
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School Library Journal (12/1/19)
Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor (12/1/19)
Word Count: 173
Reading Level: 0.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 511301 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: J

A 2020 Geisel Honor book!
Papa Fox is looking for Baby Fox, who is just out of his sight . . . but not ours! An adorable, interactive read-aloud for fans of Are You My Mother?

In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be?

Readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. Anne Hunter's delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale.

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