- Number of Pages: 14
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
IN TICKLY-TOE GRASSa buttercup gives upyellow nose kisses. The simple delights in baby's natural world— a bird, a fish, a leaf, a snowflake, a raindrop— are celebrated in the traditional Japanese poetic form, the haiku. This peaceful little board book has tabs to encourage little hands to turn the pages and adorable artwork to delight everyone! In just 17 syllables, a moment, a season, the elements are joyfully captured.
Betsy Snyder's first board book as an author-illustrator, Haiku Baby follows a tiny bluebird, the book's would-be protagonist, as it visits its numerous animal companions--from an elephant that shades the bird with a parasol to a fox in a meadow together with a whale in the ocean.) , develop a unique look, and make it easy for toddlers to flip through the pages on their really personal without having them stick together like they can with other board books. In the world of board books, this slender tiny volume actually stands out. Index tabs on the right margin, with photos that tie to each with the poems (leaf, raindrop, snowflake, and so on. Snyder excels at visual storytelling and short forms, possibly a talent she honed as a designer/illustrator in the kids' greeting card company. Adorable collage-cut illustrations operate nicely with all the haiku form to give the book a whimsical, yet serene, feel. The little bird's story is told primarily in pictures, and by way of the book's six haiku: rain, flower, sun, leaf, snow, and--of course, it would not be a board book without--the moon, generating it perfect for the bedtime line-up. --Heidi Broadhead And the haiku are light and fun with no becoming too cutesy.
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