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Sweet Stories for Baby: A Boxed Board Book Trilogy

A basketful of board books was always in the backseat of my car and the family room of my house when my kids were little. Between the birth of my first child and my third, the quality and quantity of boards books available changed greatly. I wrote about this as few years ago in, The Changing Face of Board Books and, even though my youngest is ten now, I still get excited when a great new board book crosses my path. That said, the three books in the Sweet Stories for Baby collection have been around for a while and were favorites of my older children - and illustrated by three of my absolute favorites: Marla Frazee, Helen Oxenbury and Jane Dyer. Best of all, with this set you get three big board books books for the price of two!

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers is a sweet celebration of all that it means to be a baby. Frazee's illustrations are jam-packed with details and rich with diversity. There are all kinds of families and all kinds of baby-centric things going on in this memorable book.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a modern nursery rhyme by the magnificent Mem Fox. Oxenbury's illustrations feature sweet little babies from all over the world who all share the same thing - ten little fingers and ten little toes. Fox ends her rhyme with a kiss and a snuggle that babies will love.

Time for Bed, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Jane Dyer is a wonderfully rhyming story to put your little one to bed with. Day is done and darkness is falling. Mother animals are putting their babies to sleep. Time for Bed ends with a child being tucked into be by Mama. Dyer's illustrations are luminous.

Source: Review Copy


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