The Baby's Book of Baby Animals
Author: Kay Chorao
Pages: 40
Publisher/Date: Dutton/Penguin Group/2004
Age Levels: Infant to 5

Book Review

In this sweetly appealing book, Kay Charao has collected and illustrated classic nursery rhymes, songs, quotes, and poems—all centered around the theme of baby animals.
We begin with William Shakespeare,

A star danced
and under that
was I born

and end with

I see the moon
And the moon sees me;
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.

In between Chorao has included a delightful mix of well-known favorites such as "Three Little Kittens" and some not-so-well-known—but equally appealing—texts such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Cradle Song."

The illustrations are done in colored pencil and watercolors. Kittens, piglets, bears, bunnies, mice, birds, and more bound across double-page spreads. Each illustration captures perfectly the text and are chock-full of small details that readers and listeners will linger over.

This delightful book is a true visual and verbal treat.

Classroom Uses: Storytelling, one-on-one reading, phonemic awareness, theme material, visual literacy, and more.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2004 Education Oasis®

About the Author

Kay Chorao has illustrated many books for children of different ages, including Knock at the Door and Other Baby Action Rhymes and Shadow Night. She lives in New York.