Hello, friends! Our book today is You’re My Little Baby by Eric Carle, a touch-and-feel board book featuring the timelessly charming artwork of the beloved children’s author and illustrator.
With parent as narrator, this simple title compares the reader’s little baby to the adorable offspring of other creatures; they are playful and shy like a bear cub, gentle and sweet like a lamb, soft and new like a fuzzy duckling. Alongside are a parent’s promises to their little one: that they will be carried and “loved through and through”. Touch-and-feel elements accompany Carle’s depictions of parent-and-child animal pairs, ending in a final mirrored page that allows for parents and their little babies to become part of the story.
Generic yet sweet. Carle’s signature illustrations are easily the highlight of this baby/toddler-aged title, endearing animal pairs set against spare white backgrounds that appeal to both babies and their caregivers. The rhyming text is easily read aloud and similarly winsome, if a touch basic. The touch-and-feel elements are hit and miss: a delightfully fleecy sheep and bushy lift-a-flap hiding a bear cub are standouts, but others are bland and feel tacked-on. Still, the length is perfect for the littlest bookworms, and JJ and I enjoyed the elements that worked immensely. Nothing groundbreaking, but a charming title all the same, and one that’s sure to please. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)