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Sleepy babies and wide-awake babies, day and night.
This companion to Pyllis Limbacher Tildes’s Baby Animals Black and White and Baby Animals Spots and Stripes, Baby Animals Day and Night introduces diurnal and nocturnal animals in lovingly detailed black and white images, perfect for developing eyes. Meet otter, bobcat, and a host of other baby critters wild and domestic as they go about their daily and nightly routines!
Sweet and simple, introducing the love of books to even the very youngest babies is fun and easy with this adorable board book.
About the Author
Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Animals in Camouflage and Animals Black and White. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Phyllis lives in Savannah, Georgia.
Tildes follows Baby Animals Spots & Stripes with another high-contrast board book, this time showing four woodland creatures awake and asleep. Wispy, naturalistic images with the look of scratchboard art show a chipmunk eating an acorn as the book opens; opposite, it curls up in a thatch of grass. Baby bobcats, otters, and skunks follow, and black backgrounds for the bobcat and skunk's "awake" scenes hint at their nocturnal habits. A full-color closing spread of a human child almost seems like it belongs to another book, visually speaking, but should help youngest readers draw connections between their own habits and those of the pictured animals.
- Publishers Weekly
As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals.At the same time she subtly and wordlessly imparts some pretty sophisticated scientific concepts. Tildes' illustrations alternate between the diurnal chipmunk and otter and the nocturnal bobcat and skunk. Each animal is shown twice, awake and asleep on opposite pages, with only the black or white background hinting at the time of day when that animal is active. Although each animal is named, the more complex concepts are left for adult reading partners, or perhaps older siblings, to point out or ignore depending on the interest, age, and attention of their babies. This is an age-appropriate choice, but it relies on adults to supply the scientific vocabulary. A toy chipmunk and otter-, bobcat- and skunk-decorated clothing reprise the same animals in the final, full-color pair of images of a charming human baby. The purple-clad child is appropriately androgynous and also ethnically ambiguous, though this curly-haired darling is very pale.A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings.
- Kirkus Reviews